Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic pilgrims at the Phanar

On Wednesday, March 17, 2010, secondary school students from Italy and Greece visited His All Holiness at the Phanar.

Source: www.patriarchate.org

City of Dushan left without Serbs

Of the approximately ten thousand who lived here until 1999, today there are only 17 Serbs left in Priština, and only one child, five-year old Milica.

The consequences of ethnic cleansing in Kosovo and Metohija are most apparent in the cities where the remaining Serb population can be counted with the fingers. This is also true of the ancient city of (Emperor) Dušan, Prizren, once proud of its multi-ethnic life, bringing together, in addition to the Albanians, Turks, Serbs, Goranis and Croats.

Of the approximately ten thousand who lived here until 1999, today there are only 17 Serbs left in Priština, and only one child, five-year old Milica.

During the March 2004 Pogrom, everything belonging to the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian people in Prizren was torched. Flames devoured Potkaljaje, the most beautiful and the oldest part of Prizren, where Serbs lived, adorned by Christ the Savior Church from the 14th century, the Bishop's Residence, the Seminary, and in the city itself, St. George Orthodox Cathedral and Bogorodica Ljeviška (Holy Virgin of Lyevish) Church.

Divine Liturgy in Moraga, Califonia

Извор: Епархија западноамеричка

Communique on visit of the delegation of the Holy Synod of the SOC to Berlin and Paris

A four-member delegation of Serbian Orthodox Church, headed by His Grace Vicar Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan, were by the decision of the Holy Synod of Bishops, on an official visit to Berlin and Paris in the period from March 15 to 19 2010. The serious concern of the Serbian Orthodox Church was conveyed to the high officials of these countries on the occasion of the announcement of a quicker process of reducing the number of KFOR soldiers in Kosovo and Metohia. During the talks the position of the Serbian Orthodox Church was particularly stressed that was not acceptable that the security of the Serbian Orthodox shrines, which currently the KFOR provides , entrust to the Kosovo police. The delegation informed international officials with all possible negative consequences of the eventual transfer of the security to the KPS, while insisting that it was a very hasty decision  with possible disastrous consequences for the Serbian Church and the Serbian people in this area.

Canonical decision

For disobedience toward the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church (which by its decision of 13 February 2010 temporarily suspended Bishop Artemije and appointed Bishop Atanasije administrator of the Diocese of Raška-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija with all the rights of the diocesan bishop), for failure to accept the canonically appointed Bishop and refusal to respond to his archpastoral oral and written invitation for no less than a full forty days, and for preventing the faithful from the town of Prizren from coming to their cathedral in Prizren (in which mention is made of His Beatitude the Patriarch and the Bishop Administrator) and spreading of intrigue, lies and slander among the faithful, and for "conspiracy and clannishness", as well as for violations of canonical and monastic law and order (canons 4, 8 and 18 of the Council of Chalcedon; canon 34 of the Council of Trullo, canon 5 of the Council of Antioch, canon 21 of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, canons 4 and 13 of the First-Second Council) in general, the following are subject to canonical epitemia*:

Holy Hierarchal Liturgy served in Bogorodica Ljeviška Church

In the Bogorodica Ljeviška (Holy Virgin of Lyevish) Church in the center of Prizren, Holy Liturgy was served today for the first time since the March Pogrom by His Grace Bishop Atanasije with the concelebration of Vicar Bishop Teodosije and several priests from the Dioceses of Raška-Prizren and Zahumlje-Herzegovina. Taking eucharistic part in the Holy Liturgy were the sisters of Žiča Monastery with their abbess, mother Jelena, the sisters from the Peć Patriarchate and Končul Monastery, as well as the faithful from the Prizren region.

In front of about one hundred faithful, Bishop Atanasije, the administrator of the Diocese of Raška-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija, and Vicar Bishop Teodosije first conducted a Lesser Consecration of the church. "In the church of the Mother of God, which is centuries old, much suffering and renewed, we celebrate her holiday, here, in this wounded church. It is not the first time, may God grant that it is the last time that it suffers such wounds but the external beauty of this church and even more its internal beauty link heaven to earth," said Bishop Atanasije in his sermon.