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Source: InSerbia News BELGRADE – The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) has sent a letter on Tuesday to Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, warning that the acceptance of Kosovo’s membership bid would endanger the Christian cultural heritage and the Serbs’ religious and human rights. In the letter signed by Patriarch Irinej, the Synod points out that the OSCE has documented systematic post-war destruction of at least 392 Serbian Orthodox cemeteries in Kosovo and Metohija (KiM), which are still in deplorable condition. The most important Serbian Orthodox sites are still protected by the police, and Decani…

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: 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 will remain Serbian. He also prayed for God to save Kosovo and Metohija where Serb Orthodox holy places,…

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 negotiations. Talks between Serbian and Kosovo officials on the issue broke down last week in Brussels and Serbian leaders have since been debating…

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 every reasonable man that the Western powers, after the NATO bombing war [in 1999] are step-by-step creating the state of Kosovo for Kosovo…

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 minority who’ve returned to Kosovo after years abroad despite continued interethnic tensions. In Pristina, she also joined the European Union’s foreign policy…

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 the people, will never agree to what can be read in the press nowadays…