MOSCOW – The president of the Oslobodjenje movement, Mladjan Djordjevic, met last night in Moscow with the vicar bishop of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Bishop Seraphim of Istria.
Djordjevic acquainted Bishop Seraphim with the current situation in Serbia and especially the Serbian Orthodox Church after the death of Metropolitan Amfilohije and Patriarch Irinej. The bishop was interested in the position of the Serbian people and the church in Kosovo and Metohija, as well as in Montenegro – especially after the change of government and the repeal of the discriminatory Law on Freedom of Religion.
Djordjevic and the vicar bishop of the Russian patriarch agreed that it is important that the new Serbian patriarch has a firm position on the issue of Kosovo and Metohija and good relations with the Russian Orthodox Church.
“That is why, at the meeting, I once again repeated the initiative for the new Serbian patriarch to transfer the seat, that is, return it, to Peja.” I believe that the patriarch would thus significantly contribute to the efforts for the protection of the Serbian people, Serbian heritage and the Serbian presence in general in Kosovo and Metohija, “said the leader of the Oslobodjenje movement after the meeting.
As he stated, returning the seat of the Serbian Orthodox Church to Peja would send an unequivocal message to all factors that promote the independence of the so-called Kosovo in Serbia and abroad, that Serbia and its Church will never give up Kosovo and Metohija.
“Throughout Serbian history, in the most difficult moments, the Church has always been with its people and believers, or at their head. She guarded them and was their main support in the fight for survival and freedom. “Exactly because of that historical mission, the Serbian Orthodox Church must be with the Serbs in the southern Serbian province today, and because of that, the Serbian patriarch – archbishop of Peja, must sit in the Peja patriarchate, the historical seat of our spirituality,” Djordjevic pointed out.
Djordjevic also informed Bishop Seraphim about the attempts of Albanians to present the Serbian cultural heritage on the territory of Kosmet as their own, which is why it is essential to prevent the membership of the so-called Kosovo to UNESCO and the UN.
Bishop Seraphim supported the idea of returning the seat of the patriarchate to Peja and thanked Djordjevic for that important initiative, while providing full support to the Serbian people to persevere in Kosovo and Metohija.
The meeting also initiated a discussion on youth policy and opportunities for closer cooperation and better acquaintance of young Serbs and Russians, since the bishop is also the head of the Synodal Department for Work with Youth of the Russian Orthodox Church.
“I asked Bishop Seraphim to convey greetings to His Holiness Patriarch Kiril with gratitude for the long-term support and assistance to the Serbian people, as well as during the construction of the Temple of Saint Sava in Belgrade,” said Djordjevic.
The leader of the Oslobodjenje movement is on an official visit to Moscow, where he is participating in an international conference on Kosovo and Metohija, and during his stay he will have several meetings in the Russian Duma, the state administration and the Russian Orthodox Church.
– SERBIAN info (@srbininfo) January 27, 2021
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