The members of the Holy Synod of Bishops [of the Serbian Orthodox Church], escorted by an Italian KFOR contingent, arrived yesterday in the holy lavra of the Peć Patriarchate Monastery, where they held their fifth regular session this year, having first served Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Church of the Holy Apostles.
Holding today's session in this patriarchal seat and ancient spiritual heart of the Serbian Orthodox Church is a sign of the Church's concern for its holy shrines and its faithful in Kosovo and Metohija, who were addressed with words of encouragement and paternal love in this period burdened with suffering and new trails.
An International Steering Group composed of the representatives of 15 states has been formed in Vienna. It has orderd the implementation of Martii Ahtisaari’s plan in the Southern Serbian Province
Беч Vienna –An International Steering Group for Kosovo (ISG) was formed yesterday. It is composed of 15 states. It was decided at their first meeting that Pieter Feith be the International Civil Representative in Kosovo (ICR). Veit said during a press conference at the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the ISG was “the significant coalition of states, friends of the independent state of Kosovo’’ and that it was made up of five members of the Contact group – the U.S.A, Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy, as well as Austria, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Turkey, Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
The Serbian Government’s support for the clergy and monastic communities in Kosovo and Metohija represented the central issue during talks held at the Gracanica Monastery between the Minister for Religion Radomir Naumov and the Bishop of Raska and Prizren, Artemije.
"Respected citizens of the Republic of Serbia and the Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Hercegovina) residing in the State of Israel, friends of the Serbian people and followers of the order of international law, we invite you to attend a Rally in support of the Republic of Serbia and the Serbian as well as other non-Albanian population in the autonomous province Kosovo and Metohija, in view of the unilateral proclamation of Kosovo’s independence.’’
Moscow, February 29,
Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church is concerned with the future of Orthodox
shrines in Kosovo as the region unilaterally declared its independence.
When asked by the Vesti TV channel if there is a danger to lose them in
result of Kosovo's independence, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for
External Church Relations Metropolitan Kirill said: "Sure, there is such a