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Foreword to Metropolitan Amfilohije Radović’s book “Chronicles of the Renewed Crucifixion of Kosovo” by James Bissett

CHRONICLES OF THE RENEWED CRUCIFIXION OF KOSOVOIN MEMORIAM

I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Metropolitan Amfilohije whom I got to know during my visits to Montenegro and later in Belgrade after the bombing. We became friends and he asked me to write the foreword to the English edition of his book "Chronicles of the Renewed Crucifixion of Kosovo". I was honoured to do so because the book was desperately needed to be read, not only by Serbs, but more importantly, by non-Serbs who have been misled by the lies told by the NATO countries about what really took place after the NATO forces entered Kosovo. Metropolitan Amfilohije Radović was an outstanding man, a brilliant scholar, an eminent statesman, a fierce and courageous defender of his country and his Serbian Orthodox faith. As my tribute to this great man I hope that this foreword to his book may give the reader an indication of his devotion to his faith and love of his native land.

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The twentieth century has not been kind to Serbia or to the Serbian people. Wars and suffering have plagued the nation for the best part of the century. Yet it was not until the last decade - the 1990s - that Serbia was caught up in events that were destined to bring the nation to its knees, and threatened to break the proud spirit and heroism of its people. In March 1999, the country was subjected to a massive, 78-day bombing campaign by the countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Only Greece, Serbia’s traditional ally, refused to participate in this illegal and outrageous act of aggression by the so-called democratic nations of North America and Western Europe.

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord Gives Each of Us an Opportunity to Get Near the Kingdom of Heaven Here, On Earth

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord Gives Each of Us an Opportunity to Get Near the Kingdom of Heaven Here, On EarthOn October 18, 2020, the 19th Sunday after Pentecost, the feast day of the Synaxis of Moscow Saints, Metropolitan Hilarion, Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, officiated a Divine Liturgy at the Church of Joy Of All Who Sorrow Icon of the Mother of God in Moscow, reports the website of the DECR. At the end of the liturgy, the archpastor delivered a sermon:

“In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit!

I congratulate all of you, dear fathers, brothers, and sisters, on this Sunday.

The Irish Church in the Eighth Century

An ancient Irish monasteryAs in the previous century, one of the main centers of Christianity and culture in Western Europe in the eighth century was Ireland with its relatively small population, which numbered around 250,000 at most.

Irish monks enjoyed indisputable authority among the people. One of its characteristic examples was the declaration of the “laws of the saints”, which were instituted in monasteries and then adopted by the rulers of the numerous kingdoms Ireland was divided into. The first such law was introduced in 697 by St. Adomnan, Abbot of Iona, and became known as “the Law of Adomnan” (“Cain Adomnain”), or “the Law of the Innocents.” It prohibited the killing of women, clerics and children who did not take part in warfare (that is, noncombatants, to put it in modern terms) and perpetrators were exposed to substantial fines. In 734, “St. Patrick’s Law” was enacted, and in 788 “St. Ciaran’s Law” was proclaimed.

Ecumenical Patriarch’s message for Sept. 1: Respect for the environment is an act of doxology of God’s name

 

In his message at the beginning of the new church year, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew states that “respect for the environment is an act of doxology of God’s name, while the destruction of creation is an offense against the Creator, entirely irreconcilable with the basic tenets of Christian theology.”

At the initiative of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, September 1 was set aside as a day of prayer for the protection of creation.

Four books on the contribution of the Serbian Orthodox Church to the dialogue with Muslims

Four books on the contribution of the Serbian Orthodox Church to the dialogue with Muslims

The Publishing Foundation of the Archdiocese of Belgrade-Karlovci of the Serbian Orthodox Church has published four scientific monographs in English authored by Deacon Dr. Aleksandar Prascevic on the topic of Dialogue between Orthodox Christians and Muslims in the Balkans, which represent an exhaustive and comprehensive history of the contribution of patriarchs, bishops, priests and monks of the Serbian Orthodox Church to the dialogue with leaders and representatives of Islamic communities in the period from 1920 to 2009.