Month: April, 2018

Visit of His Grace, Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia, Kiril, to Tirana

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The Albanian Orthodox Church and the entire Orthodox people of Albania, as well as the Serbs of the Orthodox faith, welcomed the arrival of His Grace, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kiril from 28-30 April. His visit is of historical importance because both churches and their people have experienced and survived the persecution of communist regimes for decades.
Representatives of the association “St. Jovan Vladimir” together with other Orthodox believers from Shkodra joined the magnificent welcome of the Russian Patriarch, as well as the Holy Liturgy, which was held by both heads of sister churches.
During his speech after the worship of the believers, Patriarch Cyril highlighted the suffering and hard experiences that followed the existence of churches throughout the centuries, the demolition of churches, the killing of the clergy and clerics, but as he added, life and faith were revived, and the church also rose. – “Blood of Martyrs is also the seed of Christianity”- he stated.
– We continue to celebrate Easter, Christ’s resurrection is a healing, a means of curing our mortal life that is paralyzed from sins and distant from God. Easter is a supernatural change in our lives. That is why our God, Jesus Christ, was sacrificed and sowed for our salvation. Easter is a victory over the evil in this world. The power and heroism of the Orthodox is not in aggression or desire for vengeance, but lies in readiness to help and serve this truth, said His Holiness, Kiril.
He finished his word with the words of St. Kosmos from Etolia, martyr from this country. – “Mighty Lord has many different names. It is called Light, Life, and Resurrection. But his main name is Love. His love gives us life and where it exists, death is not possible. ”
His Grace, the Archbishop of the Albanian Orthodox Church, Anastasia, welcomed the Patriarch of the Russian Church with the words “Blessed is he who comes in the name of God”. He pointed out the decades-long cooperation and wished Kirila a year of health and life, with the world’s faith to lead the faithful Russian people in the lifetime of the light of the Cross and Resurrection.
“Christ has been revived – Truly has been revived”,- greeted His Grace, Mr. Anastas.
The Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church also had very cordial meetings with the highest state officials of Albania, the President of the Republic, Ilir Met and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, Edi Rama.
Visiting the Church of St. Blaise, the Theological Academy “Christ’s Resurrection”, as well as the concert of the Choir of the Moscow Synod and the exhibition of the Russian iconography, Patriarch Kirill completed his world visit to Albania.

The delegation from Shkodra participated in the liturgy served by the Metropolitan of the Montenegro , Amfilohije, in Herceg Novi

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At the invitation of His Grace Amfilohije, a delegation from Shkodra composed of the president of the Orthodox association “Sveti Jovan Vladimir”, Simo Ajkovic , and President of the Serbian-Montenegrin Association “Moraca-Rozafa” g. Pavlo Jakoja Brajovic, attended the Saturday liturgy in Topola near Herceg Novi.
The service of this Holy Liturgy also started the manifestation of the “Day of the Russian Spiritual Culture” that will last until April 14th. The organizers of this event are the Church Council of Herceg Novi, the tourist organization of Herceg Novi and JUK Herceg Fest.
During his speech after the liturgy, Metropolitan Amfilohije said that Jesus made man to be eternal. “This is confirmed by the death of Christ, because with his death he overcame death and as God he restored to human nature his original beauty, goodness, wisdom and knowledge, and thus gave man eternal life,” said the Metropolitan in his word.
He also said that through crucifixion and sacrifice, human nature becomes immortal.
After the ceremony, the Metropolitan reminded that this year will be 100 years since the renewal of the Moscow Patriarchate. “After the tragedy of the Russian people, the Moscow Patriarchate was restored by Patriarch Tihon. On this basis lies the culture of the Russian state for centuries and centuries … and on that occasion, it is a great pleasure for me to celebrate today for 100 years since the establishment of the Patriarchate of Peja, on the same day as the restoration of Moskow patriarchate. “- said Metropolitan.
Mayor of Herceg Novi Stefan Katić expressed his satisfaction with the participation of the Metropolitan at this event. He also mentioned the bulding of cult objects in Topola and thanked all the participants for taking part in such organization. He also welcomed a delegation from Russia attending “Days of the Russian Spiritual Culture”.
After the liturgy, baptism of believers and children on the coast of the Adriatic Sea was carried out. After the baptism, the dining table of Christian love was organized, where the president of the association “Morača-Rozafa”, Pavlo Brajovic in his speech emphasized the great help that Metropolitanate of Montenegro awards our organizations.

Consultations on by laws on national minorities

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Today on April 14, 2018, at the initiative of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, a public debate on the forthcoming by-laws in the framework of the implementation of the newly enacted law on national minorities was organized at the library of the University “Luigj Gurakuqi”.
At this meetings beside the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati, the Chairwoman of the Sub commission for Human Rights of the Assembly of the Republic of Albania, Mrs. Vasilika Husi and the President of the Committee for National Minorities, Mrs. Constantine Bežani, and the Deputy Minister of Education, Sport and Youth, Ms. Besa Shahini, participated also the President of the Serbian Association of Serb-Montenegrin national minority “Moraca-Rozafa”, mr. Pavlo Jakoja Brajovic and the president of the Orthodox association “Sveti Jovan Vladimir”, mr. Simo Ajkovic.
In his speech, Mr. Bushati announced that specific projects should be foreseen for our minority. He added that consultations are being held in response to all the demands of national minorities and that Albania is committed in the implementation of the rights and freedoms of national minorities. Therefore, he pointed out, talks were held with the ministers of foreign affairs of Serbia and Montenegro in order to realize specific projects that correspond to the characteristics that minorities have.
“Regardless of the progress made in this field and the novelties foreseen by the law, much has to be done, primarily to redefine the whole architecture in the field of the protection of the rights and freedoms of national minorities, especially with regard to cooperation with local authorities and with representatives of national minorities “-c oncluded Bushati.
The Chairwoman of the Human Rights Sub-Commission, Vasilika Husi, pointed out that during the consultations, representatives of national minorities expressed interest in the process of adopting by-laws, and this consultation process is the best practice for developing the necessary legal framework.
This public document was held after the first consultations with all groups of national minorities that were held in Tirana for the purpose of drafting these acts.

Easter in Vraka

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Holy Liturgy was held today on the occasion of Easter in the church of the Holy Trinity in Vraka, with the blessings of the Metropolitan of Montenegro Amfilohije, is served by the Podgorica-based priest Predrag Šćepanović.
Upon the completion of the Liturgy, the gathering of believers in the worship service divided the Easter eggs.
Father Predrag urged faithful people to preserve the Orthodox faith and the Serbian language, as well as their human virtues, and spread love for the nearest and their neighbors.
The holy service was attended by the leaders of Serbian national associations in Shkodra “Rozafa – Moraca” and “St. Jovan Vladimir”, Pavle Brajovic and Simo Ajkovic. The priest and two nuns from the local Catholic Church joined today gathered believers, significant for inter-religious cooperation for the promotion of peace and tolerance in a multinational environment such as Vraka and Shkodra.

Happy Easter

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The Orthodox association “St. Jovan Vladimir” send warmest greetings to all Orthodox believers in Shkodra, throughout Albania, Serbia, Montenegro and the world wishing them Happy and Blessed Easter.

This day is most desirable for all Christians, the day when our being unites with God, when our human values rise above every defect and sin, when love overcomes darkness and we all become better people.
With the desire for God’s Peace to enter your homes and hearts,

Christ is resurrected!
Resurrected is indeed!

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