Communique of the Diocese of Raška-prizren Regarding a Series of Incidents in the Recent Days

The Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raška-Prizren strongly condemns the latest series of incidents which indicate that there is a serious deterioration of the security situation in which Serbs with their Orthodox Church live in Kosovo and Metohija.Three days ago, dozens of Kosovo Albanians attacked a group of Serbian pilgrims while they were visiting the ruins of the Holy Trinity Church in the village of Petrič near Klina and performing the Pentecost procession around the site. In a serious incident, the attackers, despite the massive police presence, attacked the pilgrims with stones and injured three Serbs.

Yesterday, in Staro Gracko village nr. Lipljan a Serbian woman and her 6-month-old baby were injured in an incident provoked by a Kosovo Albanian. Also, a group of local Albanians near Žač, Klina Municipality, intercepted the vehicle of the local Serbian Orthodox priest, Fr. Stevan Marković, who was returning with his family from the service at Peć Patriarchate Monastery. They first blocked the road and then, when a larger group gathered, began hitting the car and broke the windshield. Both 5-year-old twins of the priest and his wife suffered shock from the incident, especially when one of the local attackers threatened to bring weapons.

Pentecost Monday and Memorial Day in Cleveland

Pentecost Monday and Memorial Day in Cleveland
Pentecost Monday and Memorial Day in Cleveland
Pentecost Monday and Memorial Day in Cleveland
Pentecost Monday and Memorial Day in Cleveland

On Pentecost Monday, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America celebrated the Divine Liturgy a the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Broadview Heights, Ohio.

Butte Montana parish celebrates Pentecost

Butte Montana parish celebrates Pentecost
Butte Montana parish celebrates Pentecost
Butte Montana parish celebrates Pentecost
Butte Montana parish celebrates Pentecost

On the Feast of Pentecost, The coming of The Holy Spirit, the people of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Butte Montana celebrated their Patronal Feast Day. Pentecost is the concrete actualization of the manifestation of the Holy Trinity. His Grace Bishop Maxim presided over Saturday evening prayers, followed by a “welcome” meal in Up-Town Butte at the restaurant named “Park 217” which featured much fine food, wine, wild mushrooms, and fellowship. His Grace stayed at the newly renovated “Miner’s Hotel” in Up-Town Butte graciously hosted by owners/ parishioners, Ted & Cheryl Ackerman.

Serbian Patriarch receives Ambassador of Egypt

Serbian Patriarch receives Ambassador of Egypt
Serbian Patriarch receives Ambassador of Egypt
Serbian Patriarch receives Ambassador of Egypt
Serbian Patriarch receives Ambassador of Egypt

Serbian Patriarch Irinej received His Excellency Amr Aljowaily, Ambassador of Egypt to the Republic of Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 6 June 2018.

His Excellency Aljowaily thanked His Holiness for the cordial reception during which they had conversations about possibilities offered to Serbian tourists that during their stay in Egyptian resorts they might visit Christian shrines. Serbian Patriarch Irinej thanked the distinguished Ambassador for the visit and his efforts to foster friendly relations between the peoples of Egypt and Serbia.

High Representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate received by the Serbian Patriarch

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate led by His Eminence Metropolitan Emanuel of Gaul at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 5 June 2018.

His Eminence Metropolitan Emanuel thanked His Holiness for the cordial audience during which a conversation about the current relations of the Local Orthodox Churches was held. From his side, Patriarch Irinej expressed his gratitude to His Eminence Metropolitan for the visit and his efforts to establish close ties between the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate.