Serbian Orthodox Church

Easter epistle 2009

The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Pascha, 2009

P A V L E

By the grace of God

Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, with the all the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church – to all the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: grace, mercy and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, with the joyous Paschal greeting:

CHRIST IS RISEN!
INDEED HE IS RISEN!

Milorad Pupovac visits Metropolitan Amfilohije at the Patriarchate court

 His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, on behalf ohis Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia has received today at 9 , at the Patriarchate court in Belgrade , Mr. Milorad Pupovac, a president of the Serbian National Council,with an associate Mr. Sasha Miloshevic.

 At the beginning of the conversation, His Eminence Metropolitan conveyed the blessing and greetings from His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia to all Serbs in the Republic of Croatia. During the conversation Pupovac pointed out also that there is a good cooperation between Serbs, and especially the returnees, with the Metropolitanate of Zagreb and all dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church inthe Republic of Croatia.

Metropolitan Amfilohije emphasized , at the end of talks, that Church always has been and stays the pulse of our nation and that always has unifying part in people.

Statement: Anti-discrimination on the basis of some personal inclination is not the same as freedom of expression of that person

Because of the different, and frequently one-sided or wrong interpretations of problems regarding the anti-discrimination Bill in some media, I am giving, in order to explain and inform impartially , following personal statement , which represents also the position of the Holy Synod of my Church and the positions of all the traditional Churches and religious communities.

Basic rights and freedom are also basic values of the legal order and society in whole. There belongs also anti-discrimination, that is a principle of equal protection of rights and freedoms. However, possible sources of discrimination are something totally different.

Communique regarding the pogrom in Kosovo and Metohija on March 17, 2004 and 10-years of the NATO bombing

This March 17 is five years since the pogrom committed upon the Serbian orthodox people and the orthodox sanctuaries in Kosovo and Metohija. This pogrom of the Albanian terrorists drove out new more than four thousand Serbs from their ages-long hearts, destroyed hundreds of homes, demolished new over thirty churches, and because of it also new innocent victims were fallen. All this happened in thepresence of international civilian and military forces, the UNMIK and the KFOR. Until today no one has been accused for this violence and public crime. And all that is just a continuation of the NATO bombing and the unequalled pogrom, violence, murders and destruction of hundreds of sanctuaries in 1999 in Kosovo and Metohija.

Metropolitan Amfilohije and Kiril served in the church of Holy Trinity in Belgrade

His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Eminence Metropolitan Kiril of Varna and Veliki Preslav from the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, who came in a short visit to the Serbian Orthodox Church, have served this morning on Saturday of the second week of the Great Lent, on the holiday of Saint Eudochia the Martyr the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Holy Trinity in Belgrade. The high priests served with the concelebration of 6 presbyters and 4 deacons. At the end of the holy liturgy Metropolitan Amfilohije addressed the gathered faithful and thanked earnestly to the guest for this visit he made to the Serbian Church and the capital. Then also Metropolitan Kiril spoke to the faithful thanking for the common service and hospitality, conveying to the gathered people the blessing of the Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria.