On the behalf of Bishop Jovan of Sumadia, also in charge of Serbian Army, Bishop Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgyin the chapel of the Protection of Most Holy Mother of God at the Military Academy in Belgrade.
At 8.30 a.m. in front of the building of the Military Academy cadets and female cadets lined up in a formation to welcome a hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church – Bishop Atanasije (Rakita) of Bihac-Petrovac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, who is in charge of Orthodox military chaplains in the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Today, on October 15 2015, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch talked with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic at the seat of the Government of Serbia in Belgrade.
Prime Minister discussed with the Patriarch about European Union and Kosovo and Metohija, Tanjug reports. The meeting was attended by Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana, Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Bishop Jovan of Sumadija, Secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops protopresbyter-stavrophor Savo Jovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic, Minister of Culture Ivan Tasovac, Minister of Justice Nikola Selakovic, Minister of Internal Affairs Nebojsa Stefanovic, Minister of Defence Bratislav Gasic and Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric.
The Serbian government’s Office for Kosovo-Metohija has condemned in the harshest terms yesterday’s attack on the Church of Dormition of Holy Virgin in Orahovac and requests that the perpetrators be immediately found and brought to justice.The statement by the Office for Kosovo-Metohija says that the attack on the Serbian church, on the day of the big Eastern Christian holiday of Intercession of the Theotokos, at the moment when children were playing in the church yard, confirms that an atmosphere of fear and lawlessness is still being fomented in Kosovo-Metohija, an atmosphere where there is no safety neither for Serbs nor for Serbian holy sites.
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic sent a letter to all UNESCO members on Sunday, in which he expressed concern over the requests for Kosovo to be granted membership in the organisation, and noted that such an appeal is unfounded from the standpoint of international law.
I hereby address you regarding the issue of the utmost importance for the Republic of Serbia, which gives cause four our serious concern. It is about the application of the so-called Kosovo for membership in the UNESCO. This application is unfounded from the point of view of the international law, as well as from moral and political aspect and therefore absolutely unacceptable for the Republic of Serbia.
Several unidentified young men threw stones at the gate of the courtyard of the Church of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God in Orahovac. The case was reported to the Kosovo police.
Orahovac, 14.9.2015 - According to Radio Kontakt Plus from Kosovska Mitrovica, the incident took place today after the Liturgy which had been celebrated in this church on the occasion of the church feast-day of the Protection of the Mother of God at the moment when children of the parish priest of Orahovac Revd. Velja Stojkovic were playing in the churchyard.