the Serbian Orthodox Church
April 28, 2004
HIS BEATITUDE PATRIARCH PAVLE
VISITS WOUNDED PRIEST JEREMIJA STAROVLAH AND HIS SON, CATECHIST
On Wednesday, April 28, 2004,
His Beatitude the Serbian Patriarch Kyr Pavle, together with
His Eminence Metropolitan Nikolaj of Dabro-Bosnia and members
of the Holy Synod of Bishops, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije
of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Grace Bishop Grigorije
of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, visited the seriously wounded. priest
from Pale, Jeremija Starovlah, and his son, catechist Aleksandar
at the Military Medical Academy.
After the visit Metropolitan Nikolaj
stated that Father Jeremija's condition was somewhat improved
but there is still no improvement in Aleksandar's condition.
On this occasion the Metropolitan
again expressed his sincere acknowledgement and gratitude to
the physicians of the Tuzla Medical Center who did everything
in their power and that of modern medicine to help the seriously
wounded priest and his son achieve this improvement. Considering
the serious nature of their injuries, without the great effort
and investment of physicians and medical staff at Tuzla Hospital,
Father Jeremija and Aleksandar would not be alive today.
Although speaking with difficulty,
the seriously wounded Father Jeremija thanked the Patriarch
and the bishops for their visit. Unfortunately, the condition
of Catechist Aleksandar is such that he is still not conscious.
Metropolitan Nikolaj, who visited
the Starovlahs for the seventh time, said that the wounded
had no bullet wounds and that Father Jeremija still cannot
remember how everything happened and how they were wounded.
Despite a visible improvement in comparison with the first
days after they were wounded, the present stabilized condition
of the patients still does not give true hope of recovery.
Their conditions still remain very grave and, according to
physicians, it is difficult to make any sort of prognosis.
METROPOLITAN NIKOLAJ OF DABRO-BOSNIA
VISITS MUFTI OF BELGRADE
On Wednesday, April 28, 2004,
His Eminence Metropolitan Nikolaj of Dabro-Bosnia visited the
Mufti of Belgrade, Hamdija Jusufspahic, as well as the mosque
that had been set on fire.
this occasion the Metropolitan expressed his regret because
of the setting on fire of the
mosques in Belgrade and Nis, and he said that those who committed
this act were enemies of both God and men, as well as enemies
The Metropolitan pointed out that
all faithful people, regardless of their confession, are duty
bound to respect their own holy shrines and those of others,
and that the people who were involved were Godless and nothing
was holy to them. Every extremism breeds only greater extremism
and can bring nothing good but only evil. The Mufti of Belgrade
received Metropolitan Nikolaj of Dabro-Bosnia very warmly.
OMINOUS USTASHE GRAFFITI ON CHURCHYARD
WALL OF CHURCH OF THE DORMITION OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF
GOD IN IMOTSKI
the night between Saturday and Sunday (April 24-25, 2004) graffiti
appeared on the churchyard
wall of the Orthodox church of the Dormition of the Most Holy
Mother of God in Imotski with the ominous Ustashe message: "SRBE
NA VRBE" (literally, "[Hang] Serbs from the willow trees").
The appearance of this ominous
graffiti was reported to the local Split, Dalmatia district
police headquarters by Father Djordje Knezevic, the priest
in Imotski. According to official reports, the police is working
on solving this unfortunate occurrence.
This ominous graffiti with the
recognizable echo of a ghost from not so long ago has stirred
great unrest among Orthodox Serbs in Imotski and the surrounding
CHRISTIANITY AND MODERN ART
Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 7:15 p.m. at the Faculty of Machine
Engineering of the University
of Belgrade, the citizens' association Srpski Sabor Dveri (Serbian
Assembly Portal) is organizing a conference entitled "CHRISTIANITY
AND MODERN ART" which will include a roundtable on the new
Mel Gibson film "The Passion of the Christ".
in the roundtable will include His Grace Bishop Grigorije of
Mr. Zoran Savic, the director of the distributor "Millennium
Film"; deacon Nenad Ilic, writer and director; Bogdan Lubardic,
assistant professor of the Theological Faculty in Belgrade;
Matej Arsenijevic, editor of "Crkveni zivot" (Church Life)
magazine; and Vladimir Dimitrijevic, Orthodox publicist.
JEROTIC AT THE "SLOVO
LJUBVE" CONFERENCE IN VIENNA
Saturday, April 24, renowned Serbian academician Dr. Vladeta
Jerotic was the guest lecturer
on the topic "War and Orthodoxy" at the "Slovo Ljubve" (The
Letter of Love) conference organized by the Serbian Orthodox
church of the Orthodox church parish of St. Sava in Vienna
and held in the auditorium of the church of St. Sava. Previous
guests at this event have included poets Miodrag Pavlovic,
Matija Beckovic and Metropolitan Amfilohije.
Vladeta Jerotic is a neuropsychiatrist
by profession and a professor at the Orthodox Theological Faculty
in Belgrade. He has written many very popular books in many
fields, approximately 300 scientific and professional works,
and he is the recipient of many recognitions, including the
Order of St. Sava of the First Degree. He is one of the founders
and a member of the managing board of the Psychotherapeutic
Society of Serbia, a regular member of the Serbian Academy
of Sciences and Arts, the Medical Academy and the Association
of Writers of Serbia.
Dr. Vladeta Jerotic's guest appearance
in Vienna aroused great public interest and among the numerous
guests in the church hall were the ambassador of Serbia-Montenegro
Mihajlo Kovac and his wife, as well as the advisor for the
diaspora, Nikola Dimitrievski, and his wife.
Vladeta Jerotic is a writer of
firm principles who has managed in a period full of fury and
hate to preserve calmness, gentleness and the ability to hear
out the opinions of others. Dialogue for him has always been
the best way of arriving at the truth. As a physician he has
helped the ill and empathized with them. Religion instilled
him with the hope that life has a purpose, that the spirit
filled with faith can triumph over suffering.
After the lecture there were questions
from those present and then our academician signed copies of
his book for the numerous guests.
preceding day Dr. Vladeta Jeretic held a very interesting lecture
for Viennese clergy
and religious instructors on the topic of "Confession and Psychotherapy".
Text and photo: Miodrag MECANOVIC
OF NADJA ANDREJEVIC'S BOOK "OCI OTACA"
Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. in the small auditorium
of Kolarceva Zaduzbina (the
Kolarac Endowment) a promotion will be held for the book of
author Nadja Andrejevic, "Oci otaca" (The Fathers of the Fathers).
Speaking regarding the book will
be His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa, His Grace Bishop Lavrentije
of Sabac-Valjevo, Dr. Dimitrije Kalezic, Predrag Dragic-Kijuk
and the author.
Excerpts from the book will be
recited by actor Petar Bozovic.
The book is a collection of interviews
with Orthodox patriarchs of the world, led by His All-Holiness
the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew. Additionally,
the author spoke regarding Christianity and the two thousand
years of its existence with the (now deceased) Patriarch of
Jerusalem Diodor, the Patriarch of Moscow Alexey, the Patriarch
of Alexandria Petros and many other patriarchs. Thus, between
the covers of this book are 14 interviews with the heads of
almost all of the Orthodox Churches.
The first part of the book consists
of interviews while the second part is an addendum providing
basic information, mainly historical, for every Orthodox church.
reviewer of the book is Father Dr. Radomir V. Popovic, who
in his review says: "Although it
is increasingly difficult to speak today about Orthodox geography
when faced by the challenges of globalization and the formation
of the 'global village' into which the modern world is increasingly
transforming, the book of Belgrade journalist Nadja Andrejevic
'Oci otaca' at this point in time is welcome as long awaited
and necessary to fill the great gap in our general knowledge
of the Orthodox Christian world."
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