Statement of Metropolitan Porfirije after the earthquake in Zagreb

His Eminence Porfirije, Serbian Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana, issued the following statement:

“None temptation comes alone.  At this moment, when the whole world is trying to cope with the corona virus, Zagreb has experienced an earthquake this morning. As far as I know, there are no victims  among our faithful, but there is certainly huge damage to the buildings owned by our Metropolitanate”, said His Eminence Porfirije.

Earthquake damaged the Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral Church

In the powerful earthquake that struck Zagreb on March 22, 202, capital city of Croatia, the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord at the Cvetni trg (Flower Square) was also damaged.

As deacon Dragan Radic, author of photographs of the destroyed church and buildings in the surrounding streets, told the Serbian Orthodox Church Information Service, there are no injuries among priests of the Serbian Orthodox Church and their family members.

Serbian Patriarch receives medical team of Serbia

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Kyr Irinej on March 17, 2020, received an expert team of Serbian physicians at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade.

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Kyr Irinej, realizing the seriousness of the situation, with regard to the presence of the pandemic, will accept the advice of doctors, i.e., infectologists and epidemiologists, and calls upon all citizens of the Republic of Serbia to strictly adhere to the prescribed measures of protection from coronavirus and, relative to the same, he decided by his personal example, as an elderly citizen, to demonstrate how one should sacrifice and adhere to necessary restrictive measures prescribed by experts and State institutions.

Cabinet of the Serbian Patriarchate

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Pogrom on Kosovo and Metohia

On the 17th of March 2019 it is 15 years since from the Kosovo and Metohija, in destructive attacks by Albanian extremists, 4,012 Serbs were expelled, most of them have not still returned to their homes.

In a wave of violence in Kosovo and Metohija 19 people were then killed, eight of them Serbs, while 11 Albanians were killed in the clash with members of the international security forces. At least 170 Serbs were injured as well as dozens of members of the international forces who clashed with local Albanians while protecting Serbs and their property. About 800 Serbian houses were destroyed and 35 religious shrines were burned, including 18 cultural monuments, among which the Church of Our Lady of the Levish in Prizren.

Communique of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Communique of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church

The Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church has been closely and carefully following up the daily news and statements of those in charge of the Church, the State, and the medical profession about the increasing spread coronoviral infection that is dangerous to health - and in many cases, to life itself – to life of millions of people.

To all those who fight this plague, especially to physicians and other medical staff, the Holy Synod expresses our deepest gratitude and reverence for the day and night efforts in the prevention and suppression of the epidemic and calls upon them God’s blessing. At the same time, the Holy Synod expresses its condolences to the families, relatives and friends of victims of the virus, for whom it has had fatal consequences.