Moscow, February 20, Interfax - Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All
Russia has slammed Kosovo's unilaterally declared independence.
Kosovo's independence, declared on Sunday, "is an anti-historic event that upsets the global balance and that may lead to very tragic events in a whole series of spots on the globe where separatist sentiments are being fanned," Alexy said answering questions from journalists in Moscow on Wednesday.
Public Announcement by the Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church Following Consultations Held at the Serbian Patriarchate21. February 2008 - 13:42
The session was convoked in view of the latest illegal selfdeclaration of independence by the so-called Albanian parliament in Pristina. Some great states which have enriched themselves with wordly powers have recognized this act by the parliament of Pristina and, as we have said before, they have cast shame on themselves as well as their historical path, minding only their bare interests.
Yet, our concern goes to our people, which is deeply and justifiedly embittered by this injustice and violence. We know from our ages long church experience that every violence ends up with the perpetrator's ruin, for, as the proverb says, every power is of time, and that of God is eternal.
Honourable Prime Minister:
We write to you on behalf of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the substantial, patriotic Serbian community in Australia to urge you and the Australian government, in the strongest possible terms, to reverse its decision of 19 February 2008 to extend diplomatic recognition of Kosovo’s unilateral secession from the Republic of Serbia.
On the evening of Monday, February 18, 2008 more than 400 Serbian Orthodox Christians from throughout the Chicago area attended a special prayer service (moleban) at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral. The service, led by His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher, Fr. Darko Spasojevic, and Deacon Damjan Bozic was prayerful and moving and a loving display of brotherhood and solidarity for the suffering Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija.
FEBRUARY 23RD 2008 AT 5:30PM
WESLEY BOLIN PLAZA (DOWNTOWN PHOENIX), 1700 W. WASHINGTON AVE.
Kosovan Albanians need to remember that you cannot build a peaceful and successful life at somebody else's expense, the Russian Orthodox Church said. "Certainly, the Albanians who live in Kosovo like any other people, who at any moment in history can wish for the life of peace and dignity. But you cannot build such a life at the expense of others," deputy chief of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said, commenting on the unilateral declaration of Kosovan independence.