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. 

Serbian State leadership received in audience by the Serbian Patriarch

Serbian State leadership received in audience by the Serbian Patriarch
Serbian State leadership received in audience by the Serbian Patriarch
Serbian State leadership received in audience by the Serbian Patriarch
Serbian State leadership received in audience by the Serbian Patriarch

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mr. AleksandarVucic, President of the Republic of Serbia; Mrs. Ana Brnabic, President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia; Mr. Ivica Dacic, First Vice President of the Government and Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as Mr. Nikola Selakovic, Secretary General of the President of the Republic of Serbia. The reception took place at the Serbian Patriarchate on 10 March 2019.

On the Church side, the conversations were attended by members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church: Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana and Bishops Irinej of Backa, Jovan of Sumadija and Milutin of Valjevo.

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.