Macedonian authorities urged to give archbishop fair trial

Source: B92 [TANJUG] BELGRADE -- The Conference of European Churches (CEC) has called on the Macedonian government and PM Nikola Gruevski to ensure a fair trial for Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid. They were also urged to release him from custody pending his trial, in line with the country's criminal law provisions. The appeal was issued at the end of the CEC General Assembly, held in Budapest on July 3-8, according to the website of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC). The CEC Assembly … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops starts with prayer for Kosovo

Source: B92 BELGRADE -- Patriarch Irinej, along with 12 bishops, on Tuesday served liturgy in Belgrade, marking the start of the regular spring session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops. The gathering is set to last for several days. Irinej said a prayer for a successful gathering of the Church's top legislative body, for the well-being of the Church and the people who faced serious challenges. In his sermon at the end of today's liturgy, the patriarch stated that Kosovo and Metohija … [Read more...]

Serbian Patriarch and President meet and urge “unity”

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 … [Read more...]

Serbian church near massacre site opposed

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Serb church against deal with Kosovo Albanians

Source: WSHM Springfield, MA By DUSAN STOJANOVIC Associated Press BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - The influential Serbian Orthodox Church appealed Saturday against a deal with Kosovo Albanians that would pave the way for Serbia's European Union membership. The EU has given Serbia until Tuesday to say whether it would relinquish the control of northern of Kosovo - one of the most difficult issues dividing the former Serbian province - in exchange for the start of Serbia's EU membership … [Read more...]

Remains of last Yugoslav king returned to Serbia

Source: The State By JOVANA GEC Associated Press The remains of Yugoslavia's last king - Peter II Karadjordjevic, who died in the U.S. in 1970 - were flown back to Serbia in a solemn ceremony on Tuesday, despite protests by some Serb royalists in America. The former king fled the Nazi occupation of Yugoslavia at the start of World War II and never returned because Communists took over at the end of the war. He died in exile at the age of 47 and was buried at a Serbian Orthodox Church … [Read more...]

Serbian Church Accuses Govt of ‘Suicide’ on Kosovo

Source: BalkanInsight by Bojana Barlovac / Belgrade Scenting a softening of Serbia's claim to the former province, the Serbian Orthodox Christian Church has accused the government of being an accomplice to international plans to 'cut its jugular and take out Serbia's heart'. In a strongly worded letter, the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church has demanded that Serbia's authorities stop taking part it what it called "the country's suicide" over Kosovo. "It is perfectly clear to … [Read more...]

Clinton visits Orthodox church in Kosovo, urges ethnic Serbs to back their new nation

  Source: The Washington Post By Associated Press, Published: October 31 PRISTINA, Kosovo — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton toured a Serbian Orthodox church in Kosovo Wednesday as she pressed America’s close ally to step up its minority outreach while trying to convince ethnic Serbs that they have a home in Europe’s youngest nation. At the St. Nicholas Church in Kosovo’s capital, a site of anti-Serb riots eight years ago, Clinton greeted members of the Serb … [Read more...]

Patriarch: Church Will Never Agree to Surrender of Kosovo

Source: TANJUG BELGRADE -- Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Irinej called for unity among Serbs, adding that the Church (SPC) would never agree or come to terms with Kosovo "being given away". Irinej called on the people to be united in politics and everything else, because the Serbs are a small people and the only way to survive was through unity and some values the world would understand and support. "It is unrealistic to us, and I think the Serbs and the SPC, which has always been with … [Read more...]