Serbian Orthodox Church

Day of Remembrance of the victims of the NATO bombardment

The state ceremony of marking the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the NATO bombardment this year will be held in Nis, the city of great suffering during the NATO aggression in 1999. 

The memorial service to the suffered in the NATO aggression, which will be served by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch will be attended by the whole state leadership headed by President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic as well as the highest representatives of the Republic of Srpska. The attacks of the NATO alliance which began pn 24 March 1999 lasted for 11 weeks and during them, according to estimates of different sources, between 1200 and 2500 died, while infrastructure, businesses, schools, medical institutions, media outlets, religious buildings, and cultural monuments were damaged. 

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Pogrom on Kosovo and Metohia

On the 17th of March 2019 it is 15 years since from the Kosovo and Metohija, in destructive attacks by Albanian extremists, 4,012 Serbs were expelled, most of them have not still returned to their homes.

In a wave of violence in Kosovo and Metohija 19 people were then killed, eight of them Serbs, while 11 Albanians were killed in the clash with members of the international security forces. At least 170 Serbs were injured as well as dozens of members of the international forces who clashed with local Albanians while protecting Serbs and their property. About 800 Serbian houses were destroyed and 35 religious shrines were burned, including 18 cultural monuments, among which the Church of Our Lady of the Levish in Prizren.

The Position of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the Church Crisis in Ukraine

The Position of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the Church Crisis in Ukraine

Last November the Serbian Orthodox Church was the first among the autocephalous churches to officially react at the highest level, (i.e. the Holy Assembly of Bishops) to the intentions of His Holiness the Patriarch of Constantinople who, according to his own findings and in a self-willed manner wanted to “decide” and “resolve” the church problems in Ukraine as the “first without equals” (primus sine paribus) -  and not as the “first among equals” (primus inter pares) which is, in fact, the centuries-old Orthodox ecclesiological and canonical principle - and we pleaded with him not to do so, but rather that he, in fraternal dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church and in consultation with the other Churches, actually help to resolve this crisis. 

Audience with Mayor of South Euclid, Ohio

With the blessings of His Grace Irinej, Bishop of Eastern America, Hiermonk Maksim (Ilic), spiritual father of New Marcha Monastery, visited Mayor Georgine Welo of the City of South Euclid. During this two-hour visit, Fr. Maksim presented the new plans for the building project of New Marcha Monastery, which was of great interest to the Mayor. The two also discussed the possibility of creating sister cities between South Euclid and Kraljevo. Mayor Georgine Welo spoke of her recent visit to Serbia, including her experiences with the people of Serbia and future joint projects.