Declaration on the protection of rights of the Serbian Orthodox Church on free professing of faith and the right on its property in Montenegro

In the first convocation of the Tenth Regular Session, the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska adopted the Declaration on the Protection of Rights of the Serbian Orthodox Church on Free Professing of Faith and the Right on Its Property in Montenegro as well as nine laws.

In reference to the Declaration on the protection of rights of the Serbian Orthodox Church on free professing of faith and the right on its property in Montenegro, a proposal of the deputy clubs SNSD, DNS, DEMOS, NDP, US, SPS, SP,   notes that the adoption of the arguable Law on the freedom of confession or belief and the law status of religious communities puts the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro into an unequal position  in relation to other religious communities.

Saint Lazarus Day celebrated in the royal city of Krusevac

His Grace Bishop David of Krusevac consecrated the cornerstone of the church of the Holy Prince Lazarus in the Krusevac barracks. The ceremony was attended by Mayor Mrs. Jasmina Palurovic, Director of the BIA Mr. Bratislav Gasic, Minister Mr. Zoran Djordjevic, as well as by quite a number of the Serbian Armed Forces.

On the Eve of the Serbian Saint Lazarus Day, when the church  Lazarica celebrates its founder and protector, the Holy Great Martyr Prince Lazarus, a solemn Vigil was served, after which the feast loaf was broken on the occasion of the slava of the choir of Saint Prince Lazar. The vigil, which was served by His Grace Bishop David of Krusevac and the clergy of the Diocese of Krusevac, was attended by faithful people and the clergy of the city of Krusevac.

Solemn celebration of Saint Lazarus Day in Lazarica church in Belgrade

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch officiated the Holy Liturgy in the church of Lazarica, in the Belgrade district of Zvezdara on Saint Lazarus Day, on 28 June 2020.

The Patriarch was concelebrated by the local clergy. Before the beginning of the Liturgy, the Patriarch ordained Ivica Stojkovic and Slobodan Pajevic, parishioners into the rank of a reader.

Saint Lazarus Day in Saint Sava church in Novi Sad

Bishop Irinej: We celebrate Saint Lazarus Day: it is not a defeat - it is a victory, it is not just a historical event - it is a spiritual feat.

On Third Sunday after Pentecost, 15/28 June 2020. on the feast day of Saint Vitus Day, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Novi Sad and Backa officiated the Holy Liturgy in the church of Saint Sava in Novi Sad with the concelebration of His Graces Bishop Isihije of Mohacs, the clergy and deacons of Novi Sad.

Press release of the Holy Synod of Bishops

The Holy Synod of Bishops, at their session held on June 25, 2020, strongly  condemned the continued persecution of the Church by the Montenegrin authorities, manifested by the latest summoning of His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral to the Security Administrative Centre in Podgorica for questioning, where he had been detained for six hours, as well as by arresting a number of priests and faithful people, thereat constantly threatening by deportation of those priests who are not Montenegrin citizens.

The Church in Montenegro and its bishops, clergy and monks, along with the faithful have been defending their shrines and completely justifiably demanding the necessary amendments to the disputed Law on Freedom of Religion, avoiding any politicization of the issue.