Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Russia to Restore Damaged Shrines in Kosovo; Donates $2M for Serbia's Christian Buildings

The Voice of Russia website reports today (August 18, 2010) that the Russian Orthodox Church has hailed the government's decision to donate $2 million for rebuilding damaged Orthodox Christian shrines in Kosovo.

Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate's department of external church relations, said the money would go to four major Serbian Orthodox centers in Kosovo: the monasteries of Pec, Decani, and Gracanica, and the Church of Our Lady of Ljevis.

Kosovo -- the spiritual core of Serbia -- is a region where key Serbian Orthodox shrines are located.

In February 2008, the province of Kosovo seceded from Serbia and declared itself an independent nation. Serbia refuses to recognize Kosovo as an independent nation -- and says it never will!

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