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The broadcast of the weekly TV show in Serbian language resumed.

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On September 19 of the current year, the broadcasting of the weekly TV show in Serbian language resumed on the local television Tv-Kopliku. Even this year, the Serbian-Montenegrin Association “Moraca-Rozafa” is responsible for the implementation and supervision of this project. Its realization was made possible thanks to the approval and co-financing from the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.
Although this year was financially difficult due to the global pandemic, the Ministry of Culture ensured and approved funds to enable the broadcast of this TV show, which has taken place for eight consecutive years, being the only TV show in Serbian language in Albania. This show is broadcasted every Saturday at 18.00 and is retransmitted on Sunday at 15.00.
“Moraca-Rozafa” association successfully realized the first show of this edition this Saturday, September 19, due to the hard work of its activists and members.
Executives of the Association “Moraca-Rozafa” hope this show will broadcast continuously and they are cooperating with the institutions of the Serbian government for a continuous funding of this project.

The Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia supports media in Serbian language in Albania

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Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, contributed financially even in this year – which was not ordinary due to the pandemic and the economic crisis – to the implementation of projects of the associations representing the Serbian-Montenegrin national minority in Albania.
Media project of the Orthodox Association “St. Jovan Vladimir” i.e. the website www.identitet.al in Serbian, Albanian and English, is the only electronic printed media in Serbian, and it covers and publishes information on the existence, life and activities of the Serbian community in Albania. This year it is sponsored again by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia. This is the eighth consecutive year in which this Ministry co-finances this project, making possible in this way the publication and updating of this portal as the only media written in the Serbian language in Albania.
Also, this Ministry approved funds for a several months period on co-financing of the project of the Serbian-Montenegrin national minority association “Moraça-Rozafa”, which regard the broadcast of an air show in Serbian language in one of the local televisions of Shkoder. In this show, events from our region, as well as activities related to our minority, but also on culture, customs, music and art from Serbia and the Balkans are discussed.
The realization of such projects would be impossible without the help and support of this Ministry, which has continuously given an outstanting contribution in this field. We hope that this period of already 10 years of cooperation with associations representing the Serbia-Montenegrin minority in Albania will extend further in order to preserve and strengthen national identity.

This year, Orthodox believers celebrated EASTER – the resurrection of Christ – in isolation

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This Sunday, on April 19, 2020, all Orthodox Christians, including the Serb and Montenegrin communities of the Orthodox faith living in Shkodër, celebrated Easter – the resurrection of Christ – under strict isolation as never before in the modern history of mankind, due to coronavirus pandemic. The Albanian authorities, in the framework of measures against this unknown pandemic, decided that religious services should be held without the presence of believers. Therefore, the ceremonies were attended from the houses through the TV screen. Despite being empty and without believers, the Orthodox Churches celebrated Easter with the same messages of hope and trust for the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge against ignorance, life against death, and clergymen prayed for a soonest overcome of this situation and the defeat of coronavirus.

In their messages, the clergymen encouraged the believers not to feel themselves alone on this special day. According to them, the Orthodox people relate to God through faith because life and death are entirely in His hands, so they always ask Him to give spiritual and physical health to protect the believers and not only from this trouble, which has befallen their homes.

In Belgrade, Patriarch Irinej said that this year’s Easter was celebrated in difficult conditions, in such troubles they rarely had in the past. In his message to the Serbian people, the Patriarch stressed the need to accept and implement the guidelines provided by health specialists who have knowledge of this pandemic. “It’s nice going to church during the great holidays, but this is a special moment in our lives. We can pray to God at home, in the church of the house, because it is better to have our thoughts, desires and heart oriented towards the church, than to be physically in the church and thinking about something else. The first option is much better, “said the Serbian Patriarch, among other things.

According to Christian tradition, Jesus died on Easter time. His birth, suffering, and resurrection was foretold in the Old Testament by the previous prophets, and he – as Christianity preaches – will come back again to announce his second arrival among humans.

Orthodox Association “St. Jovan Vladimir” wishes a HAPPY EASTER to all Orthodox believers!

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The Orthodox Association “St. Jovan Vladimir” wishes a blessed Easter to all Orthodox believers of the Serbian and Montenegrin community living in Shkoder as well as the Orthodox believers in Albania and worldwide. This year, as never before, Orthodox believers will not be able to perform the Easter ritual in churches and other places of worship, due to the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus. Hoping this situation will pass as soon as possible, we encourage all believers to adhere to the instructions, and may God give them patience and strength to face the restrictions and preventive measures against the spread of pandemic undertaken by the country’s authorities.
As this day symbolizes the triumph of life over death, light over darkness, good over evil, let this be a day of hope that this pandemic be defeated as soon as possible and everyone return to normalcy. Let it be a fulfilment of the best wishes for your families, a day in which peace spreads around people and goodness is born as the sun in the life of your families, just as our God Jesus Christ was reborn and will still reborn in our hearts every day.
Christ is resurrected, he is really resurrected!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Associations representing the Serb-Montenegrin national minority support the Metropolis of Montenegro.

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Associations representing the Serbian-Montenegrin national minority such as Moraca-Rozafa and Saint Jovan Vladimir have sent a letter in support of the Metropolitan of Montenegro in its efforts to preserve ownership of Montenegro’s religious sites. The letter states that associations representing Serbian and Montenegrin minorities are observing with anxiety the developments in Montenegro following the adoption of the law on freedom of religion and the legal status of religious communities in Montenegro. In the letter, the support for Metropolis in its efforts to preserve cult objects and the hope in the possibility to find a fair solution in favor of Montenegro’s stability is expressed.

This Law provides for the nationalization of real estates for which the Church cannot prove its ownership prior to 1918. Until that date, Montenegro was not yet an independent state and it was part of the Serbo-Croatian-Slovenian kingdom. Adoption of such a law on religious communities in Montenegro was followed by protests in Podgorica and main Montenegrin cities.

At the end of the letter, the Associations express their wish for a peaceful resolution as soon as possible, thanking the Metropolis for the continuous support it has given them over the past 20 years.

Christmas celebrated at St. Trinity Church in Vraka based on the Julian calendar.

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On Tuesday, January 7, a solemn Christmas liturgy was held at the church of Saint Trinity in the village of Vraka near Shkodra, where Serb-Montenegrin minorities living in Vraka and in the city of Shkodra celebrated the birth of Christ according to the Julian calendar. The Holy Liturgy was served by Protojerej Predrag Shqepanovic, a priest from Podgorica, with the help of the parish priest of Vraka church, Ivan Popovic. Besides the believers, in the holy liturgy, representatives of associations of the Serb-Montenegrin national minority that exert their activity in Shkodra, such as St. Jovan Vladimir and Moraca-Rozafa, were also present. In this ceremony, Mrs. Dragana Vucicevic who holds the duty of First Consul at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Tirana together with her husband and children were also present.

The day before, in the same church the fire was lit and the service was held by Father Ivan Popovic, and according to tradition, the representative of every tribe belonging to the Montenegrin minority placed a Yule log on the Christmas holy fire.

At the end of the holy Christmas liturgy, Predrag Shqepanovic, while congratulating the believers, said that since all of us had the same God-Father, we are all brothers, regardless of nationality. “A great poet has said, ‘All people on earth are brothers. If God is our father, then all humans are brothers. It is a great pleasure to be in the Albanian land, which always welcomes us. God bless you, your families and all the people of good will,” said Predrag Shqepanovic.

Afterwards, packages containing gifts were distributed to the youngest as well as calendars for the faithful. At the end, a solemn lunch followed, which passed under a fraternal atmosphere.

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