- A delegation of romancatholic bishops, represents of the Commission of the
Bishopric Conferencies of the European Community (COMECE), visited Serbia
from 13th till 17th of Jule, after the invitation of the Serbian Church.
They discussed theological issues, visited several churches and refugee
camps and in the end they edited a common declaration in which they made
open ecumenical statements and told about common prayers:
"(...) We, the bishops, members of the delegation of the Serbian Orthodox
Church and the delegation of the Commission of the Bishopric Conferencies of
the European Community (COMECE), encountered for the sake of three-day
meeting in Belgrade. In common prayer and fraternal dialogue and with a
feeling of praying veneration (molitvennoe pochitaniye) and admiration for
the sancrithy of the Serbian Orthodox Church, we came even closer to each
The fact that in this jubilant year we continued the contact, which didn't
stop even in the war years, causes us a great joy. The days spent together
have deepened the sense (smysl) of our christian tights(povyazannost').
We are bounded by the hope that, through the continued dialogue on
theological and pastoral challenges of our time, we will work for the good
of all the people in Europe and throughout the world. Through the ecumenical
discussions about our theological and pastoral heritage we want to offer our
contribution to the unity of our Churches. We decided to continue our
dialogues in the following years. In the next year already, we want to talk
about what we expect from Europe and for Europe.
Our meeting was a fruitful spiritual event and a new impulse. Our churches
have a common responsibility for the future. Serbia and Yugoslavia have
their place in Europe. We want to encourage youth to live in truth and love.
For three days we were praying together to God, talking and listening to
each other. In our palomnicheskoe journey we found again a lot of common
These were really three days of hope.
The participants and signers of the Declaration were, on behalf of the
Commission, bishops dr Josef Homayer (Hildesheim, Germany), Luke de Hovre
(Bruxelles, Belgium), Josepf Duffy (Monagan, Ireland) and John Mone (Pacely,
Scotland), a on the side of the SOC bishops of Shumadija dr Sava, of Shabac
and Valjevo Lavrentije, of the Middle Europe Konstantin, of Branichevo dr
Ignatije and lowersigned Bishop of Bachka dr Irinej."
("Politika", Saturday 29 Jule 2000.)