April 13, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 13-05-03

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BISHOP ARTEMIJE CONSECRATED TWO CHURCHES IN NORTH KOSOVO-METOHIJA

BELGRADE WILL FORM A COUNCIL OF KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

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BISHOP ARTEMIJE CONSECRATED ST. GEORGE CHURCH IN ZVECAN AND ST. BASIL OF OSTROG CHURCH IN LEPOSAVIC

Despite difficult situation in the Province, the Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija continues spiritual renewal and construction of new churches

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ERPKIM Info-Service
May 12, 2003

In the presence of a large number of believers Bishop Artemije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija consecrated the Serbian Orthodox Church of St. George in Zvecan yesterday. "Several years after the end of the war, this church has welcomed the day of its consecration so that it may serve God and ourselves, so that we may visit it, marry and be christened in it and bid farewell to our dear ones from it as they leave us for the Kingdom of Christ," said Bishop Artemije, thanking all those who helped build St. George's Church in Zvecan.

Today, on the feast day of St. Basil of Ostrog the Miracle-Worker, Bishop Artemije and his priests and monks have consecrated a church dedicated to St. Basil in Leposavic, in northern Kosovo and Metohija, designed by architect Ljubisa Folic. At least 2000 believers from throughout Kosovo and Metohija, as well as from Serbia and Montenegro attended the ceremony. The organizational committee has prepared a rich cultural and art program to mark the event.

The iconostasis and icons for St. Basil of Ostrog Church were made by the monks of Visoki Decani Monastery, who have also participated in the festivities along with representatives of other monastic communities of the Diocese.

In order to strengthen church life in the northern part of the Province, the Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija, in collaboration with the Coordinating Center in Belgrade, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia and the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments in Belgrade soon plans to begin the renewal of St. Stephen's Monastery in Banjska, near Zvecan, one of the greatest pious endowments of the Holy King Milutin (XIV cent.). The monastery residence hall and the paraklis where Holy Liturgy will be regularly served are expected to be built over the next several months.

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BELGRADE WILL FORM A COUNCIL OF KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

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Radio B92, Blic
May 12, 2003



BELGRADE -- Monday -- DOS chairman Momcilo Trajkovic told daily Blic that the ruling coalition has backed a proposal which will see the formation of a state council for Kosovo.

The council will be comprised of officials of Serbia and the state union and members are set to include Serbia-Montenegro President Svetozar Marovic, Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic, acting Serbian President Natasa Micic, federal Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic, Serbian Interior Minister Dusan Mihajlovic and Coordination Centre for Kosovo head Nebojsa Covic.

Trajkovic said that the council should also include Raska-Prizren Bishop Artemije, head of the MP caucus of the Kosovo-Serb Return Coalition, Dragisa Krstovic, members of the Serb National Council and Montenegrin representatives.

According to Trajkovic, the Council is being formed with the goal of ensuring that “a serious institution deals with the issue of Kosovo, rather than individuals”.


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