Message of the Holy Assembly of Bishops on Kosovo and Metohija

Church of Serbia - 14/5/18 We, the bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the ancient and glorious Patriarchate of Pech, gathered by the grace of the Holy Spirit, for the regular convocation of the Holy Assembly of Bishops in the historic See of Serbian archbishops and patriarchs, the Monastery of the Patriarchate of Pech, and in ...

Historic St George Cathedral of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Reopens after Renovation

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Prakash Varghese (Delegate of UAE, Gulf & Levant) - OCP News Service - 23/11/17 Istanbul- Turkey: St George Cathedral- the official seat of the Ecumenical Patriarch has reopened after the completion of restoration works. The cathedral is UNESCO world heritage site. His All Holiness Bartholomew - Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch presided over the reopening ceremony ...

Cathedral, Monastery in Russia’s Sviyazhsk Gets UNESCO World Heritage Status

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Sputniknews - July 2017 The Uspensky monastery and its cathedral in the town-island of Sviyazhsk located in Russia's Republic of Tatarstan was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, according to official statement. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Uspensky monastery and its cathedral in the town-island of Sviyazhsk located in Russia's Republic of Tatarstan was inscribed ...

MACEDONIA WANTS TO GIVE MONUMENT OF ST. CLEMENT OF OCHRID TO KIEV CAVES LAVRA

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Pravoslavie.ru - 21/2/17 Macedonia has expressed the desire to give a monument to the Slavic writer, hierarch, and saint, Clement of Ochrid to Ukraine, possibly to the Holy Dormition Kiev Caves Lavra. This was announced after a meeting of Ukrainian Minister of Culture Eugene Nischuk and Macedonian ambassador Stole Zmejkoski, reports 2000.ua. “During the meeting we discussed ...

ANCIENT GEORGIAN GOSPEL COULD BE ADDED TO UNESCO HERITAGE LIST

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Pravoslavie.ru - 12/2/17 An ancient Georgian Gospel manuscript could be added to a UNESCO heritage list after Georgian National Archives specialists made the amazing discovery of more ancient layers of text underneath that presently visible. It turns out the text is a palimpsest, meaning each line of Scripture was erased and retraced in newer layers. The oldest ...

Hundreds protest handover of St. Petersburg’s landmark cathedral to Russian Orthodox Church

RT.com - 29/1/17 Some 2,000 people took part in a rally against the handover of St. Isaac’s Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church. Protesters fear the Church will not maintain the public museum function of the iconic building which is a popular tourist attraction. “Nearly 2,000 people have taken part in protests at the Field of Mars. ...

ANCIENT GEORGIAN MONUMENTS OF MTSKHETA RECEIVE SPECIAL UNESCO STATUS

Pravoslavie.ru - 13/12/16 Following the December 8-9 Paris meeting of the UNESCO Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, three beloved monuments of ancient Georgia have been afforded special UNESCO protection, reports Agenda.ge. The monuments of the ancient Georgian capital, Mtshketa, include the sixth century Holy Cross Monastery of Jvari, and ...

Priest blames Italy quakes on gay civil unions, undeterred by Vatican’s scolding

RT.com - 7/11/16 A priest in Italy has refused to backtrack from his claim that the country’s recent earthquakes were punishment for civil unions between gay couples despite criticism from the Vatican’s top cleric. Fr Giovanni Cavalcoli made his controversial statement last week, the day Italy was struck by a 6.6 magnitude earthquake, the worst to hit ...

Europe’s Palmyra: How Kosovo’s Medieval Culture Was Demolished by Extremists

Sputniknews - 11/9/16 Serbia organized an exhibition of cultural and historical heritage of Kosovo and Metohija in Paris, the headquarters of UNESCO, to serve as a reminder to the West of how they let it be destroyed since the 2000s. There is a lot of Serbian cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija. Now, Kosovo is an independent state, partially ...

Did Kosovo Try to Bribe Pope Francis to Win Recognition?

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Sputniknews - 9/9/16 Some media outlets in Pristina have circulated unconfirmed reports about an attempt to give the Vatican a 10 million euro bribe to officially recognize Kosovo. Sputnik discussed the matter with Serbian Ambassador to UNESCO and onetime envoy to the Holy See, Darko Tanaskovic. “Well, even if Pope Francis makes a trip to Pristina, which ...

ST SOPHIA CATHEDRAL ENDANGERED AGAIN – THE DEVELOPER REFUSES TO COMPLY WITH THE CABINET OF MINISTERS’ DECISION

RISU - August 2016 “Investment and Construction Group” Company refuses to demolish two floors of new buildings on Honchar street, 17-23, according to the Cabinet’s decision. It is fraught with the exception of St Sophia of Kyiv from UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was reported by Gazeta.ua. “Investment and Construction Group” considers illegal the city council decision, which ...

V. MEDINSKY: MONUMENT TO PRINCE VLADIMIR IN MOSCOW TO BE INSTALLED BY AGREEMENT WITH UNESCO

Pravoslavie.ru - 10/8/16 Work on the installation of the monument to the Baptizer of Rus’, the holy prince Vladimir has begun on Moscow’s Borovitskaya Square in full agreement with UNESCO, stated Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky. Responding to journalists’ questions on the initiation of the work in the buffer zone of the UNESCO world heritage site of ...

Constitutional Court of Kosovo confirmed property rights of Visoki Dečani Monastery – Communique of the Diocese

www.eparhija-prizren.com - May-June- July 2016 The Constitutional Court of Kosovo yesterday on 20 May finally after 16 years of litigation concluded the lawsuit and confirmed the land ownership of the Visoki Dečani Monastery over 24 hectares (59 acres) of the disputed land. In its decision published on the official site, the Constitutional Court rejected the last year ...

State Department to Turkey: Respect Hagia Sophia’s Tradition and Complex History

GREGORY PAPPAS - PappasPost- June 2016 Turkey has come under fire from Greece for allowing daily Ramadan prayers inside Hagia Sophia, a United Nations World Heritage site and museum and one of the most important symbols of Christianity. Following angry denunciations from Greece’s foreign ministry, Turkey fired back creating a cross-Aegean war of words over religious freedoms and ...

Instagram Deletes Account for Revealing Destroyed Serb Churches in Kosovo

A German KFOR soldier takes photographs of the destroyed St. George Orthodox church in Prizren 22 March 2004

www.sputniknews.com - 27/2/16 An Instagram account run by Serbian activists who were posting pictures of Christian places of worship in Kosovo which had been demolished by the region's Albanian Muslim majority population has been removed; the site's administration explained that the group had been posting "disturbing images." Hoping to foil Kosovo's attempt to become a member of UNESCO, ...

SERBIAN PATRIARCH THANKFUL TO RUSSIA FOR REFUSING TO ACCEPT KOSOVO INTO UNESCO

Interfax-Religion -14/11/15 Patriarch Irinej of Serbia has expressed his gratitude to Russia for supporting Serbia's position on the question of allowing Kosovo to join UNESCO. "This decision has great signficance for us. Kosovo is a holy land for Serbs, it is covered with the blood of those who protected Kosovo shrines from their enemies. That which could have ...

Serbian Orthodox Church Welcomes the decision of UNESCO

November 2015 The Serbian Orthodox Church welcomes the decision of UNESCO which rejected the proposal to receive so-called Kosova into its organization. The entire time Serbia and the Serbian Orthodox Church sought for the delaying of this debate in order to avoid unnecessary political confrontation, but since Serbia's request was denied voting took place which showed ...

Bishop Irinej writes to Ministers of Australia and New Zealand on preventing admission of “Kosovo” to UNESCO membership

Church of Serbia - November 2015 Bishop Irinej of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand writes to Foreign Ministers Julia Bishop of Australia and Murray McCully of New Zealand on preventing admission of “Kosovo” to UNESCO membership. On 30th October 2015, writing on behalf of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox ...

Serbia will not recognise Kosovo’s independence: Opposes its membership in UNESCO

October 2015 Top state and church officials and representatives of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts invited members of UNESCO to reject application of Kosovo to UNESCO, and pointed out that Serbia will not recognise Kosovo's independence, and that it will continue its path towards EU membership, while cherishing and improving the traditionally good relations ...

Address by President Tomislav Nikolic to the ambassadors accredited in Belgrade

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October 2015 Address by H.E. Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, President of the Republic of Serbia, to the Ambassadors accredited in Belgrade, following Albania’s proposal concerning the admission of the so-called “Republic of Kosovo” to Unesco, on 16 October 2015 Your Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, I have invited you here today to directly inform you about the grave issue facing Serbia, ...