The New Year began with tragedy for many people in Kenya as widespread violence erupted on December 27th in the wake of contested presidential elections between incumbent President, Mwai Kibaki, and challenger Raila Odinga.
An exhibition entitled „Serbian Cultural Heritage in Kosovo and Metohija'' showing the agony of Orthodox monasteries in the Southern Serbian province during the post-war period was opened at the Gracanica Monastery on Christmas Day.
Serbian Prime Minister Dr. Vojsalv Koštunica visited His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle at the Military Medical Academy and extended wishes for His recovery.
Wishing His Holiness a Merry Christmas, Prime Minister Koštunica expressed the entire Serbian people' s concern about His health, and especially that of the Serbs living in Kosovo and Metohija.
The Prime Minister extended wishes for the Patriarch's recovery and that He may spiritually lead the Serbian people in the times to come. (Statment issued by the Prime Minister's Cabinet).
(Photo: Archive of the Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church)
In the morning hours of January 3rd, 2008, the parish priest of Šibenik, rev. Milorad Djurdjević, discovered that the door of the Cathedral Church of the Assumption in Šibenik had been forced open. When he inspected the church and its premises, he noticed that two silver icon lamps were missing. He informed the competent Šibenik police authorities, who visited the scene. The investigation on this attack against the Orthodox Church is still under way.
A synchronized terrorist action on New Year's Day saw one house set on fire, while seven others, all belonging to local Serbs, were stoned. The attacks occurred in Bošnjačka Mahala, in northern Kosovska Mitrovica, according to a release issued today by the Media Dep't of the Ministry and the Kosovo and Metohija Coordinating Center.
In celebration of the Nativity of Christ, on January 07, 2008, a midnight Holy Liturgy will be officiated at the Temple of Saint Sava on Vracar.