KLA graffiti appear on gate of Serb Orthodox monastery

26/4/14 GRAČANICA -- A graffiti reading "UCK" - Albanian for "KLA", the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army - appeared on the gate of the Visoki Dečani Monastery early on Friday. This is according to a statement issued by the Eparchy of Raška and Prizren of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC). The 14th century Serbian monastery is located in western ...

Bishop warns of “toughest times” for Serbs since 2004 pogrom

TANJUG - 25/1/13 BELGRADE -- A SPC bishop based in Kosovo has said that the position of the Serb people in Kosovo and Metohija (KiM) has not been this difficult ever since March 2004. Ethnic Albanians at that time organized widespread attacks on Serbs, their property, and holy places. “Eight full years have passed since the horrible event, ...

Serb cemeteries, memorials desecrated in Kosovo

A scene from a Serb cemetary in Kosovo Polje (Beta)

BETA, TANJUG - 21/1/13 KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Incidents were reported from Kosovo on Sunday and Monday, including an attempt to stage an attack on a monastery, and desecration of several Serb cemeteries. In Kosovska Mitrovica, two firebombs were thrown at the municipal building, causing no injuries or material damages. The perpetrators "quickly escaped the scene", while members ...

Christians, Muslims, Jews call for peace from Sarajevo

AFP 10/9/2012 SARAJEVO, Sept 10 – Leaders of Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Muslim and Jewish communities Sunday made a pressing call for peace from Bosnia which was the scene of the worst atrocities committed in Europe since World War II. Stressing the “commitment of Serb people to the strengthening of peace” Serb Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej said he wished ...

Serb Orthodox monk assaulted in Kosovo

Tanjug 14/6/2012 KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- A monk of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) was beaten up by two unidentified persons in southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica on Wednesday, Tanjug has learned. Monk Mitrofan, whose secular name is Milorad Bulajić, was admitted Wednesday to a health center in northern Kosovska Mitrovica with injuries to his head and arm. Doctor ...

Serb nuns learn language of Albanian Muslims

11/4/2011 BOLETIN, Kosovo (AFP) - A Serb Orthodox monastery in religiously polarised Kosovo is breaking stereotypes by making its nuns learn Albanian so they can talk to Muslim villagers who come to pray at a statue of the Virgin Mary. Muslims from all over Kosovo flock to the Sokolica monastery because they believe its 14th-century sculpture of ...

Orthodox seat in Mostar revived

26/01/2011 After nearly two decades, Mostar is again the seat of the Eparchy of Zahumlje and Herzegovina of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The seat was temporarily transferred to Trebinje in the beginning of the 1992-1995 conflict. Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje and Herzegovina announced the return earlier this month. This revival of the Eparchy seat, according to ...

Germany returns cross stolen by Nazis

20/10/2010 BERLIN -- Germany has returned a Serb Orthodox relic, stolen by occupying Nazi troops during the Second World War. The handover ceremony was held on Tuesday at the Serbian embassy in Berlin, said reports. Religious dignitaries and officials from both countries attended. This is the first time that such an act took place, and diplomatic circles ...