Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

SPC condemns possible removal of church in Kosovo

Expand Messages
  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2012&mm=10&dd=03&nav_id=82463 October 3, 2012 | 09:03 SPC condemns possible removal of church in Kosovo
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 3, 2012
    • 0 Attachment
      http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2012&mm=10&dd=03&nav_id=82463

      October 3, 2012 | 09:03
      SPC condemns possible removal of church in Kosovo
      Source: Tanjug

      GRAČANICA -- The Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Raška-Prizren Eparchy
      opposed on Tuesday the removal of an unfinished church in Priština.

      The eparchy also opposed its turning into a memorial museum of Kosovo
      Albanians, underlining that this constituted an open call for
      discrimination and continued destruction of the Serb heritage in Kosovo.

      The eparchy voiced concern over "the relentless campaign by Kosovo
      hard-line media aimed at turning the Cathedral Church of Christ the
      Savior into a memorial museum of Kosovo Albanians or removing it
      completely."

      The Raška-Prizren Eparchy strongly condemns the ideas that could be
      heard at the recent meeting of the Senate of the Kosovo University in
      Priština, as an attempt to infringe not only on the property rights of
      the SPC, which in the early 1990s obtained a building permit for this
      church in centre of Priština in keeping with the law, but most
      importantly on religious rights and freedoms of the Serb Orthodox
      population in Kosovo.

      "At a time, when in the centre of Priština, in the vicinity of the
      Church, a huge Roman Catholic Cathedral has been built, and works on one
      of the largest mosque in the Balkans are being planned, the intention to
      destroy or desecrate the unfinished Cathedral Church of Christ the
      Savior in the vicinity of the University building constitutes an open
      call for discrimination and continuation of the process of destruction
      of the Serb spiritual heritage in Kosovo and Metohija," the eparchy said
      in a statement.

      "The idea that the church should be turned into a memorial museum of
      Kosovo Albanians is particularly cynical and immoral, taking into
      account that almost the entire Serb population was forced to leave
      Priština, so now only around 50 elderly people remained out of 40, 000
      Serbs," the eparchy added.

      "The calls coming from the circles of the University of Priština for the
      destruction of a Christian church in the centre, which has been for
      years now used as a landfill and public toilet, send a message to the
      world about open intolerance and religious hatred which after the armed
      conflict in Kosovo and Metohija led to systematic destruction of 150
      Serb Orthodox churches and sacrilege of hundreds of Christian
      graveyards," the eparchy noted.
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.