Serbian Orthodox Church
Statement: Anti-discrimination on the basis of some personal inclination is not the same as freedom of expression of that person17. March 2009 - 14:02
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 bombing16. March 2009 - 16:25
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.
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.
Explanation of basic positions of traditional Churches and religious communities on anti-discrimination Bill11. March 2009 - 22:38
An essence of an initiative of the traditional Churches and religious communities is that the anti-discrimination Bill adjusts to the standards of the acts of the Council of Europe, the European Union and developed democracies.
Traditional Churches and religious communities again, welcome the willingness of the Government to perfect the anti-discrimination Bill , which is not simple under the pressure of libels and disinformation about the essence of the problem.
We support every effort to restrain discrimination, so we support and help bringing the proper act as soon as possible.
On the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple (15 February 2004), His Holiness Serbian Patriarch PAVLE celebrated the Divine Liturgy under a tent in the courtyard of the Church of the Ascension of the Lord at Orasac, with the concelebration of the host, Bishop Jovan of Shumadia, and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops: Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Bishop Lavrentije of Sabac-Valjevo, Bishop Irinej of Nis, Bishop Grigorije of Zaholm-Herzegovina, as well as with Metropolitan Nikolaj of Dabar-Bosnia, Bishops: Lukijan of Budim, Georgije of Canada, Irinej of Backa, Artemije of Raska-Prizren, retired Bishop Atanasije of Zaholm-Herzegovina, as well as Bishop Pahomije of Vranje, Ignatije of Branicevo, Joanikije of Budim-Niksic and Vicar Bishop Marko of Dremvica of the Archdiocese of Ohrid.
The Patronal Feast of St. Sava the first Serbian Archbishop was commemorated with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the Representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Moscow. Archbishop Christopher of Prague and Slovakia concelebrated with Archimandrite Anthony (Pantelic), Dean of the Representational Church, and other clergy. Attending the liturgy were staff from the Embassy of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, Mr. Nebojsa Jerkovic Ambassador Gordan Milinic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as numerous Serbian and Russian faithful.
In keeping with Serbian tradition, following the Divine Liturgy, the festal bread was cut and festal wheat blessed, both prepared by the host of the celebration, Mr. Vucic. Recitations by Serbian children, catechetical students at the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul, completed the Patronal celebration.