Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Irinej will be enthroned in the Pec Patriarchate on Sunday, October 3, 2010, and the liturgy will begin at 10 a.m.
The Patriarch said he was praying to God for problems in Kosovo-Metohija to be resolved in the fairest possible manner, which is to honor the centuries-long presence of Serbs in the Province.
He told the daily Blic that the enthronement of patriarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Pec Patriarchate in Kosmet was a very significant event for the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian people.
Patriarch Irinej said the most important thing is that -- with this ceremony -- we continue the tradition of enthronement of patriarchs and the role of the Pec Patriarchate for our church. He added the Pec Patriarchate is and will remain our spiritual administrative center.
The Patriarch emphasized that his only wish was that everything should take place peacefully, without any problems or incidents.
Kosovo, which is primarily comprised of Muslims, seceded as a province in Serbia in 2008, and declared itself an independent nation.