His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the Divine Liturgy yesterday in Belgrade’s Cathedral church, which was followed by the memorial service for the suffered in the pogrom on Kosovo and Metohia in March 2004.
His Grace Bishop Jovan of Nis met with His Excellency Heinz Wilhelm, the ambassador of Germany in Serbia on 15 March 2013 at the church of Saint Panteleimon in Nis. During the one-hour cordial talk they exchanged important views on history of the Church, the significance of the diocese of Nis in history and today and discussed the further plan for the celebration of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, as well as about the contribution of Germany to this celebration.
In one of the oldest towns in the Balkans, Prizren, until 1999 lived over 12000 Serbs and until 2010 hardly ten remained. After the restoration of the demolished church of Saint George and the Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius, there are about 50 of them today, including the Seminarians.
Even today nine years later, traces of the 2004 March pogrom still can be seen. The second generation of students enrolled at the Seminary, which has been moved back to Nis and now returned Prizren.
The students of the Seminary have no freedom of movement throughout the town, but as they say at least they can admire the once imperial town of Prizren from their windows.
Thanks to the Russian donation, the beauty of frescoes in the church of Mother of God of Ljevis is being restored. Priest Slobodan Djoric expects that the church would open its doors this year, although the altar and the side naves are still in soot.
Source: Diocese of Raska-Prizren
Archbishop Jovan will spend four months in detention without being brought to a trial that has already been started.
The authorities in R. Macedonia, eleventh year in a row, upon the demands of the schismatic Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOC), are performing state persecution on religious basis against Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric! The mentioned persecution is most illustratively demonstrated with the long, rigged court processes against Archbishop Jovan and the refusal for registration in the courts of the pan-orthodoxly recognized Church in our homeland – the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric.
At the late antique site of Felix Romuliana near Zajecar (IV century), which is on the UNESCO list of the World Cultural Heritage, the three-day scientific meeting entitled "Christian heritage of Romuliana - Towards the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan" has ended.