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UNKNOWN PERPETRATORS OPEN FIRE
SERB HOUSES IN VILLAGE OF ZUPCE
Early Sunday morning at approximately 1:30 a.m. unknown persons
opened fire on Serb houses in the village of Zupce near Bunar
near the main highway from Kosovska Mitrovica to Zubin Potok.
According to information provided this morning by Kosovska Mitrovica
International Press Center director Rade Njegovic, one hand grenade
was also thrown.
The shots were fired from automatic weapons and at least 25
bullets were fired from the direction of the village of Kosutovo,
which is inhabited by Albanians.
No one was hurt in the incident but the houses, one of which
is owned by Miroslav Mirkovic, have been damaged.
This incident has caused unrest among the Serbs in Zupce and
throughout Ibarski Kolasin [i.e. Leposavic and Zvecan municipalities
in the Ibar river basin]. The Adriatic highway passes through
this area and Albanians use it to freely travel in the direction
of the sea.
The incident has been reported to police, which has conducted
an on the scene investigation.
OPEN LETTER TO MONTENEGRIN PRIME MINISTER MILO
DJUKANOVIC FOLLOWING THE DECISION TO DESTROY THE CHURCH OF THE
HOLY TRINITY AT RUMIJA
Dear Mr. Prime Minister:
Your Ministry for Ecology and Space Planning passed a decision
on July 22, 2005 to destroy the memorial chapel of the Holy Trinity
at Rumija built and reinforced by stones collected for ten centuries
by the faithful for the purpose of its restoration.
This diminutively symbolic church (three by two and one-half
meters) was erected far from any urban zone, outside the area
where any urban plan exists, at a height of almost two thousand
meters and on the foundations of a church destroyed in times
Around this church site Orthodox faithful have gathered for
centuries on the feast of the Holy Trinity, and together with
them Roman Catholics and Muslims, bearing the cross of St. Jovan
Vladimir and a stone each for the return and restoration of the
The destruction of this chapel of the Holy Trinity at the request
of Muslim deputies and in the immediate vicinity of Kosovo and
Metohija where local terrorists who are unfortunately compatriots
of this deputy have destroyed 150 Orthodox churches and monasteries
in the past six years will have far-reaching consequences for
peace and order in Montenegro.
The Metropolitan who only one year ago personally interceded
to prevent the destruction of a mosque in Belgrade from a crazed
mob deserves this neither from Mr. (Mehmet) Bardhi nor from the
The destruction of a church of God’s Love will only contribute
to the spreading of religious and national hatred in Montenegro.
A Ministry that destroys only an Orthodox chapel at Rumija instead
of tens of thousands of houses and buildings being built without
permits in the rural, village and mountain regions of Montenegro
is protecting the mountain and area from what by sowing hatred
and polluting souls?
At the same time a mosque is being built in a protected zone
of the old town of Bar without any permit that will be completed
and should be completed.
We wish to inform you, Mr. Prime Minister, that the Metropolitanate
of Montenegro, which exists to build and not to destroy churches,
will not carry out the order of your Ministry regarding the destruction
of this church.
Let your Government do it and thus take upon itself the historical
responsibility before God and the people for this act of vandalism
and antitheism, which serves only to multiply hatred and misfortune
and to invoke new tragedies for Montenegro.
ORTHODOX METROPOLITAN OF
MONTENEGRO AND THE LITTORAL
Source: Svetigora Press
ORDER OF ST SAVA PRESENTED TO PAINTER MIROSLAV LAZOVIC
On Sunday, July 24, 2005 His Grace Bishop Vasilije of Srem served
Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of St. George the Great-martyr
and Victory-bearer in Hrtkovci and bestowed a high distinction,
the Order of St. Sava of the Second Degree, upon Mr. Miroslav
Lazovic, a professor of the Faculty of Applied Art in Belgrade.
Upon the nomination of Bishop Vasilije, the Holy Synod of Bishops
honored Mr. Lazovic for decorating the church and his personal
donation toward the creation of the icon mosaics of St. George,
St. Elijah, St. Sava, St. Demetrios, the Holy Three Hierarchs
and the floor mosaic of the memorial fountain being built next
to the church in memory of the victims of “the Bloody March”
from Sabac to Jarak in 1941*.
This is the third distinction in a row that the Holy Synod of
Bishops has presented to those deserving for the construction
of this holy shrine.
In early September of 1941, German soldiers "rounded
up all males from 14 to 70 years of age….The Germans forced their
captives to run from Sabac across [the] Sava River to Yarak in
the Srem Province and back, a distance of 14.38 miles. Those
who lagged behind…were pitilessly killed on the spot….[W]hen
the survivors of this group returned, another group of 800 peasants
were forced to run along the same routes….[O]nly 300 of this
group reached Yarak alive." New York Times (February 10,
1946): 32 col. 5. quoted in “Overlooked Millions: Non-Jewish
Victims of the Holocaust” by Karen Silverstrim, MA Candidate,
University of Central Arkansas, USA
CONSECRATION OF MONASTERY BELL
AT NEMANJIC ENDOWMENT OF BLISKOVA
On the feast of St. Prokopios the Great-martyr His Grace Bishop
Joanikije of Budimlje and Niksic served Holy Hierarchal Liturgy
in the monastery of Bliskova near Pavino Polje, the endowment
of the Nemanjic dynasty.
Immediately prior to Holy Liturgy, Bishop Joanikije consecrated
the monastery bell, the gift of Mr. Bozidar Joksimovic, and two
crosses, the gift of Mr. Veselin Draskovic.
CHURCH ASSEMBLY IN DALMATIAN KOZLOVAC
On July 24, 2005 His Grace Bishop Fotije of Dalmatia served
Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of St. Kyriake the Great-martyr
In his sermon Bishop Fotije emphasized the urgency of needed
repairs for this holy church, which is in very poor state.
Bishop Fotije called on the faithful to gather more frequently
around this church. The faithful gather for the assembly in Kozlovac
every year on the first Sunday after St. Kyriake the Great-martyr.
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