Holy Synod Statement

Public Statement Issued by the Holy Synod of Bishops about the violence applied against Drug Addicts at the Crna Reka Monastery

With shock and sorrow the Holy Synod of Bishops has received news about the brutal violence which was applied against those afflicted with the illness of drug addiction at the Crna Reka Monastery of the Raska-Prizren Diocese. The pictures presented and the open recognition of a cleric of the Raska-Prizren Diocese are unmistakable evidence of a violence which is totally foreign to the spirit of the Gospel and mission of the Church, and which is absolutely unacceptable.

Therefore, the Holy Synod of Bishops calls upon His Grace Bishop Artemije to disband immediately and without delay the illegal clinic for the treatment of the illness of addiction, and to undertake ecclesiastical court proceedings against his clerics who participated in the violence.

Communique of the Holy Synod of the SOC regarding the worker’s strike at TM “Raska” in Novi Pazar and at the Leather factory “Pa

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church these days with a great attention has been observing a hunger strike of workers at the Textile mill  Raska in Novi Pazar, as well as at the Leather factory "Partizan'' in Kragujevac

In this way the Holy Synod of Bishops calls all relevant state and municipal agencies to do anything to resolve the problem of workers, and with Christian love and concern ask workers to stop the hunger strike and not to put in danger their lives.

From the Office of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the SOC

Five years since the Pogrom of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohia: Memorial service at Cathedral church on Tuesday March 17, 2009 at no

 On Tuesday, March 17, 2009  was five years since the pogrom of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohia. His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral served at noon at the Belgrade Cathedral church a memorial service to all suffered Serbs in Kosovo and Metohia; with the concelebration of members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church: Bishop Hrizostom of Zica, Bishop Hrizostom of Bihac and Petrovac; then Bishop Pahomije of Vranje and vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, and protopresbyter-staurophor Sava B. Jovic, Luka Novakovic, Dragoslav Ubiparipovic, Dragomir Sanda, Radic Radicevic, Branko Topalovic, Slavisa Popovic and protodeacon Stevan Rapajic and Vlada Mikic; and in a presence of His Eminence Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb and Ljubljana and His Grace Bishop Filaret of Milesevo.

Members of the Holy Synod of Bishops meets with ministers of Serbian government regarding March pogrom on Kosovo and Metohia

Members of the Holy Archbishop Synod of Serbian Orthodox Church met today Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Vuk Jeremic, Minister of Culture and Information Nebojsa Bradic, Minister for Kosovo and Metohia Goran Bogdanovic, associates and Mladjan Djordjevic, consultant of the President of the Republic of Serbia for Kosovo and Metohia.

 The Members of Synod and ministers of the Republic of Serbia met regarding five years since the March pogrom in Kosovo and Metohia, when 19 people lost their lives and 950was injured, more than 4 000 Serbs exiled their homes, and 35 Christian sacred sites were demolished.

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.

Explanation of basic positions of traditional Churches and religious communities on anti-discrimination Bill

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.