Month: February, 2020

At the international donor conference dedicated to Albania and held in Brussels on February 17, R. of Serbia contributed with a donation of 2 million euros.

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Yesterday in Brussels, on February 17, the international donor conference “Together for Albania” was organized, where its focus was on raising funds to help Albania recover from the devastating consequences of the 26 November earthquake. In total, our country received donations for 1.15 billion euros, which exceeds all expectations, thus enabling a rapid rebuilding process of the country. Neighboring countries have also offered a modest assistance, with the RS Serbia leading the donation campaign with 2M euros as well as other technical and humanitarian assistance. Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic declared this yesterday in Brussels, stressing that this help should also serve as a message for a common future and further relations. Prime Minister Brnabic also said that Serbia is keen to show solidarity and support the Albanian people.

“We have worked hard for the stabilization of the region and for its better interconnection. I am glad that Albania has embraced the mini-Schengen initiative. This is another way of showing that we are here for our partners, for all the citizens of the region even when we are in difficulty,” said Brnabic.

The official holiday of the Republic of Serbia was celebrated at Tirana International Hotel.

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On February 13 at 5 pm, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Tirana, organized at the Tirana International Hotel the celebration of the Republic of Serbia National holiday, which is commemorated every year through an official ceremony where reservations are received by Embassy staff. Many representatives from the country’s political, economic and social life, MPs, politicians, military attaché and foreign embassies representatives in Tirana and clergy representatives were invited to the event. On this occasion, representatives of Serbian national minorities associations that are active in Albania were also invited by the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia. The associations that exert their activity in the city of Shkoder, were represented by Mr. Zoran Hajkoja-Ajković President of “St. Jovan Vladimir” Association and Mr. Pavlo Jakoja-Brajović President of the “Moraca-Rozafa” Association. Among the invites there were representatives of the association “Jedinstvo” from the city of Fier lead by the chairman Mr. Eqerem Dulević and the chairman of the association “Skadarlija” based in Tirana Mr. Salko Ferezaj. It is worth mentioning that the President of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Ilir Meta was also present at this ceremony.

The ceremony began with the intonation of the two countries anthems – the Serbian and the Albanian. Then, the ceremonial speech was delivered by the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Tirana, Mr. Miroljub Zarić. He welcomed the people present and spoke briefly about the history of the day based on facts from history. Mr. Zaric also expressed the desire and readiness of the Serbian state to start a new chapter of relationship between the two peoples – the Serbian and Albanian ones – in view of the peace, prosperity and integration of the two states into the large European family. On this ceremonial occasion, the President of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Ilir Meta delivered a short speech emphasizing the inevitable need for a better and inclusive relationship for the benefit of all countries in the Western Balkans. At the end of his speech, Mr. Meta saluted the participants in three languages, closing with the greeting “ziveli” which in Albanian means “long live”. Then the reception continued with cocktails and cross talks until 9pm.

The professor of the Serbian language course in Shkodër suddenly dies in Nikšić.

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On February 6, the teacher of Serbian language course in Shkoder, Mr. Svetozar Cirakovic suddenly passed away at the age of 66. For more than a decade – precisely since 2008 – he has been involved in teaching the Serbian language at a course organized by the Moraca-Rozafa Association. He has worked with great dedication and motivation for years in Shkoder, teaching a considerable number of students, some of whom are successfully studying at Belgrade universities in Serbia.

To honor his figure and memory, on Sunday, February 9, a representative from the Serbian community in Shkoder attended a post-mortem ceremony organized from his family and relatives. This representative was led by the president of the Orthodox Association St. Jovan Vladimir, Mr. Zoran Ajkovic, accompanied by prominent Moraca-Rozafa activists such as Mr. Arthur Popaj, Edmir Piranic and Ridvan Smajli. The commemoration took place in Ozrinic, the birthplace of the professor, where the last honors were made. Just days before the ceremony dedicated to St. Sava in Shkodra, he was awarded the diploma of Saint Sava from the Metropolitan of Montenegro. His death is a great loss imprimis for his family, but also for our community because throught his work and dedication, he has become dear to us and to all who knew him. Dear Professor, rest in peace!

Associations representing the Serbian and Montenegrin national minorities in Shkoder celebrated St. Sava Day

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On Sunday, February 2, the Associations representing the interests of the Serbian and Montenegrin national minorities in Shkoder and Albania, solemnly organized and celebrated St. Sava Day in Shkoder, in cooperation with the Metropolitan of Montenegro, and with the blessing of the Archbishop of the Albanian Orthodox Church, Mr. Anastas and the Archbishop of the Metropolitan of Montenegro Mr. Amfilohije.

The Holy Liturgy was held in the Church of St. Trinity in Vraka and it was served by the Head-Priest Arsenije Radovic, with the help of Vraka Church parishioner Ivan Popovic and clergymen Blagoje Rajkovic and Ranko Radonjic. The Holy Liturgy was attended by believers coming from Vraka, Shkoder, Montenegro and Serbia, who gathered around the name of Saint Sava. Also, this ceremony was attended by His Excellency – the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Tirana, Mr. Miroljub Zarić, accompanied by the Consul Mr.Dragan Savić, President of the Association “St. Jovan Vladimir” Mr.Zoran Ajković, President of the Association “Morača-Rozafa” Mr.Pavle Brajović, as well as students of the second and fifth grades of St. Peter’s Theological School of Cetinje with their professors. After believers received the antidoron, Archbishop Arsenije Radovic, after wishing the feast, said that we should gather around the name of the Lord and his Holy Comforter, St. Sava, and rejoice in one another. Father Arsen also recalled Serafim Sarovski’s famous words, ‘Christ was resurrected, my joy’. “And on this beautiful day we too should rejoice and pray for one another, approaching one another, because we cannot do without one another. Often, one wants to go to heaven alone. But there is no paradise we can enter alone. Today people try to calm down, but again they need the neighbor, we need a doctor. That is why we constantly turn ourselves to Christ, our God, as a physician of the body and soul, to heal us, to relief us, to calm us down, to give us all the good things that every human needs. Therefore, the Lord can heal us with the help of prayers of our Sava’s Holy Father we celebrate today, and of all the Holy Fathers, and bless all of us in order to know, see and feel that the others must bring us joy. May our soul rejoice, first in our eternal Lord, in our neighbor, and then in all people who live here, who are our neighbors, those who comply the will of my Father – says the Lord in the Gospel. To all of you, I wish you good health and salvation, joy and God’s blessing to be around St. Sava,” Father Arsen said.

Following the sacred liturgy, the celebration of Saint Sava continued at the premises of the Moraca-Rozafa Association in Shkodra, with the ceremonial academy in which Father Arsen shared the bread of feast. The ceremonial speech was delivered by the clergyman Blagoje Rajković, professor of theology at Cetinje. The program of the Academy on Poetry and Recitation was attended by Nedeljko Ajković, Anabela Musić, Gordana Radović, Bojana Radonjić, Mirjana Radonjić, Stefan Radonjić, students of Cetinje Theology and students of the Serbian language course in Shkoder.

During the academy proceedings, the diplomas of St. Sava were presented and distributed, with the motivation for preserving Serbian culture and traditions and the heritage of St. Sava in Shkodra. The diplomas were awarded by Mr. Pavle Brajovic, Mr.Simo Ajković, the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Albania Mr. Miroljub Zarić, Mr. Budimir Dubak, Ms. Stojanka Dubak, Mr. Svetozar Ćiraković, and Ymer Stanković. At the conclusion of the academy, all participants in attendance sang the hymn of St. Sava.

Then, a festive lunch for everyone was organized, in which the writer Budimir Dubak, former Minister of Religion and Culture in the Government of the Republic of Montenegro, thanked the organizers in the name of St. Sava diplomas winners. In the name of the hosts, the guests were greeted by Mr.Pavle Brajovic and Mr.Zoran Ajkovic. From ancient Shkodra, attendees sent a message for protection to all cult objects in Montenegro, whether Orthodox, Catholic or Islamic, so that we all may live in peace and harmony, St. Sava may help us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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