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Source: New York Post By Isabel Vincent and Chris Perez The historic Manhattan cathedral that was gutted in a massive fire was one of four Christian Orthodox churches to go up in flames on Orthodox Easter Sunday — sparking fears of a coordinated attack on the religion. While FDNY officials said the blaze at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava on West 25th Street does not appear suspicious, members of the Orthodox community have doubts. They are worried that the blaze — along with church fires in Australia and Russia — were set in retaliation for the religion’s role…

Source: inSerbia Independent News BELGRADE [TANJUG] – Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Patriarch Irinej said on Monday at a forum commemorating the 10th anniversary of the March pogrom, destruction of Serbian holy sites and exodus of the Serbs from Kosovo, that it had been an attempt to destroy the root of the Serbian people and erase their existence in that area. Despite that attempt, the SPC remained as a spiritual oasis that brings hope to the Serbian people in Kosovo, he said. “As long as Kosovo is in our hearts, minds and songs, it will be ours, because hope dies last,”…

Source: inSerbia The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, said that Serbia can not give up on Kosovo, and if the price for the entry into Europe is losing Kosovo, then, he said, we would rather be out of Europe. “If the price of entry to Europe is to secede Kosovo then we have to say ‘thank you but no thank you’ to Europe. We prefer to stay alone without Europe, if it must be, but with our Kosovo,” said the Patriarch Irinej receiving, at the Patriarchate, the participants of international Pan-European conference on human and religious rights.…

Source: InSerbia [TANJUG] Welcoming the guests, the SPC head conducted a doxology prayer service and pointed to the importance of the Edict of Milan, issued by Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, who was born in today’s Nis, southern Serbia. Patriarch Irinej said that the Edict of Milan is the foundation of the civilization as we know it. The prayer service in the Belgrade cathedral was also attended by representatives of the Roman Catholic Church. The celebrations of 1,700 years since the Edict of Milan will bring together representatives of Orthodox and other churches and religious communities which, as the Serbian…

Source: B92 / Tanjug NIŠ — Serbian Patriarch Irinej has said that there was “much more that unites us with the Roman Catholic Church,” compared to that which stands in between. “We’ve always been close and lately it is even intensified, and we want to move away those the moments that keep us apart,” the Serbian Orthodox Church head told reporters at the opening of the exhibition “Naisus – Medians”, organized by the Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments of Niš. According to him, it is not necessary to have unity – but that a level “which befits Christians and…

Source: Sky News Hundreds of mourners including Serbian government officials have attended a state funeral for deposed King Petar II Karadjordjevic decades after his death in exile. The reburial of the king and other members of the former royal family is seen as an important act of national reconciliation. The bodies of Petar, who went into exile in 1941, his wife Queen Aleksandra, mother Queen Maria and brother Prince Andrej, had been exhumed from cemeteries in the United States, Britain and Greece. The four coffins, draped in Serbian royal flags and escorted by Serb army guardsmen, were transferred to the…

Source: Radio Free Europe – Radio Liberty By Robert Coalson Many were shocked on May 17 to see a phalanx of black-robed Orthodox clergy break into a trot and lead an angry mob in an attack on a gay-rights rally in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Although the official Orthodox hierarchy in Georgia denounced the violence that left 17 injured, Georgian Patriarch Illia II had called on authorities the day before to ban the rally as an “insult” to Georgian traditions. Across Eastern Europe, societies in countries such as Georgia, Russia, Serbia, and Moldova are pushing, each in its own way,…

SOURCE: B92 BELGRADE [Tanjug] — Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Patriarch Irinej and President Tomislav Nikolić met on Monday and urged “absolute unity and responsibility”. This is necessary “in the search for a solution to the Kosovo and Metohija issue as the most important national matter.” “We wish to resolve the Kosovo and Metohija issue in a way that does not jeopardise the Constitution or Serbia’s sovereignty, nor calls into question the lives and security of Kosovo-Metohija citizens, especially the local Serb population,” the president said in a joint address to reporters after the meeting with the SPC patriarch in the…

Source: The Sacramento Bee By Royal Family of Serbia [BELGRADE, Serbia] His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander together with his family would like to inform the public that the process of exhumation and repatriation of his grandmother Queen Maria’s remains is in the last stage thanks to the gracious permission of Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II, Dean of Windsor, Anglican Church, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia. HM Queen Maria’s remains will be transferred from the Royal Burial Ground in Frogmore, Windsor Castle, to the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in London on…

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