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Celebration of Saint Sava day in Shkodra

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On Sunday, January 28th, the Orthodox believers of Shkodra and the region of the Vraka gathered in the church of the Holy Trinity in Vraka to celebrate the Day of the greatest Serbian Sanctuary, St. Sava, together with their compatriots from Montenegro.
Holy Liturgy was led by Father Zeljko Calic co serviced by Father Dragan Mitrovic from the Metropolitan of the Montenegro , as well as the parish of the Skadar Church, Father Nikola Petani and the deacon of the Holy Trinity Church in Vraka, Ivan Popovic.
During his greeting, Father Calic emphasized that, like the Holy Apostles after the birth and testimony of the sanctity of Jesus, Saint Sava followed them on their footsteps. All the miracles and richness of this world that are not based on the belief in Christ are only temporary, or as Christ said: “This treasure is ruinous.”
– All the goods of this world are consumable, as all the treasures of the mighty empire were historically, and all of these remain on paper only. Only saints of God, like the Holy Sava, remain forever. We celebrate the Holy Sava as our protector, because this is our only true treasure – concluded Father Calic in his speech, congratulating all those present this holiday.
After the liturgy and worship of the believers, the children are given gifts, while in honor of all present, one formal cocktail is organized at one of the local restaurants.

Christmas in Shkodra

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On Sunday, January 7th, a large number of Orthodox believers celebrating Christmas as per the Julian calendar gathered in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Vraka to celebrate the birth of God’s Son and attend the traditional Christmas liturgy.

Like every year, Father Radomir Nikčević from the Metropolitanate of the Montenegrin led liturgy, who, after reading the Gospel, greeted them on the occasion of this holiday, and wished peace and joy to prevail in their homes. He emphasized the wisdom of the Jewish sages who emphasized the modesty that God had solved for his Son of God to be born in a cave, because “instead of human creations, Christ chose to be born in the place he created himself”, Father Nikcevic added. He said that Christ returns to every generation and people who accepts his birth, existence and purpose that he came to this world.

– Christ was sacrificed for us, and for this reason we also bring wood to warm our home. Christ, the Son of God, one of the Holy Trinity was born as a man to save each one of us. May the Lord give you the peace, light and warmth of this holiday to your homes, and that with his warmth and love, every soul in this city will be transformed, because it will testify that this life is only the way to eternal life “- concluded Father Nikčević.

He conveyed the blessing to the faithful of the Metropolitan of the Montenegrin, Amfilohije, and greeted the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Albania, Miroljub Zaric, as well as the Presidents of the association Sv. Jovan Vladimir and Moraca-Rozafa.

After the worship of the believers, Christmas presents were distributed to children, while a table of Christian love was organized for guests in one of the local restaurants.

Celebration of Christmas Eve in Shkodra

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Members of the Serbian and Montenegrin minorities in Shkodra celebrated today the Christmas Eve in the Church of the Holy Trinity in VraKa, gathered around the sacred fire symbolizing the fire that kept warm the virgin Mary during the birth of our God, Jesus Christ.

In the churchyard, while church bells rang, the prayer was led by the Shkodra priest, father Nikola Petani and the deacon of the Shkodra church Ivan. During his address, Father Petani pointed out the symbol that represents the fire for bringing to this world of the Son of God, as a source of warmth for the whole of mankind. He emphasized that God chose to bring our salvation among us in the warm and modest home of an ordinary family, not as a king, for the values and the virtues ​​of ordinary people’s characteristics are far from sinful incentives of the rich. He wished everyone to have  happiness and blessings in their homes in this day, and especially thanked for the blessing of the Metropolitan of the Montenegro Amphilohije and the Archbishop of the Albanian Orthodox Church, Anastasis.

The Christmas liturgy will be held tomorrow starting at 10 am in the same church.

Assembly of the Serbia-Albania Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Tirana

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In Tirana, on November 23, 2017, took place the first assembly of the joint Serbia-Albania Chamber of Commerce  which, besides numerous entrepreneurs was attended also by representatives of relevant ministries from both countries. Read more →

Commemoration to fallen soldiers of the Serbian Army in Tirana during First World War

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Representatives of the three minority associations, Moraca-Rozafa, St. Jovan Vladimir and Jedinstvo laid wreaths to the occasion of the Armistice Day of the First World War, on Saturday, November 11, at the memorial of the fallen fighters of the Serbian Army in Tirana. Read more →

Presentation of the Law on National Minorities held in Shkodra

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Ditmir Bushati, accompanied by the member of the Albanian Parliament elected in the area around Shkodra inhabited by a large number of our people, Luan Harusha, as well as other associates, visited on October 20 for presentation of the newly enacted Law on the Rights and Freedoms of National Minorities the premises of the association of the Serbian minority “Moraca-Rozafa” . There he met with the representatives of the organizations of the Serbian minority in Shkodra and representatives Roma, Egyptian and Montenegrin national minorities, legally recognized by the adoption of the Law on Minorities. Read more →

Albanian Parliament adopts the law “On national minorities”

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The Parliament of the Republic of Albania adopted on Friday, October 13, 2017 with 102 votes in favor, 10 against and 1 abstention the Law “On the Protection of National Minorities in the Republic of Albania”. The law received the support of the parliamentary majority and opposition, confirming the advancing of rights and freedoms of national minorities through the necessary legal arrangements in this area. Read more →

The national team of Serbia qualifies for Football World Championship

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The Serbian national football team, with a 1-0 victory over Georgia, directly got qualified to the World Championship in football, which will be held next year in Russia. This great victory is only the last in a row of great matches from our national team, opening the way for Serbia to show its true sport’s values ​​at the most attractive event of the sports world.

Like all members of the Serbian nation throughout the world, the Serbs from Albania are proud of our players for this success. We will cherish with all our hearts and our prayers will go for our team to achieve a top result on the Mundial, thus carry the image of our Serbian national spirit and dignity to the whole world.

Committees on Human Rights and Foreign Policy held hearing with minority organizations on draft law “On the Protection of National Minorities in the Republic of Albania”

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The Committee on Legal Affairs, Public Administration and Human Rights and the Foreign Policy Committee held a joint hearing with the interest groups, civil society organizations and representatives of the academic world on the “law of national minorities” in the Republic of Albania.

Our Serb minority organizations responded to the invitation for consultation alongside representatives from Greek, Aromanian, Macedonian, Roma, Bosniak and Egyptian minorities. Mr. Pavlo Jakoja, the chairman of Serb association “Moraça-Rozafa”, Mr. Eqerem Duleviq, chairman of Serb Association ” Jedinstvo” and Mr. Simo Hajkoja, the chairman of orthodox association ” Saint Jovan Vladimir” contributed with suggestions on the law to be more inclusive for more rights to be given to less numerically smaller minorities.  The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Ditmir Bushati, participated in this hearing.

Initially, representatives of interest groups praised the initiative for drafting this bill, which will have a positive impact on national minorities. They also demanded implementation to start as soon as possible. Particular importance was expressed by the interest groups in establishing of a Special Fund for minorities.

During their speech they emphasized the fact that national minorities should have representation in municipal councils, where according to them minorities should have real representation in local government units and take an active part in drafting local policies.

Also, the law on national minorities should be complemented with relevant implementing legislation in areas such as education, prevention and the fight against socio-economic marginalization, cultural heritage, etc. In order to have effective realization of personal, political, social, economic rights belonging to minorities comparing to individuals of the dominant population, they sought their participation in all fields of public life to be guaranteed.

After receiving all constructive proposals by the minorities organitions, the representatives of two parliamentary commissions assured the minority representatives that will include most of their suggestions in amendments of the draft law.

The law is expected to pass to the parliamentary session for approval by dt. 12 October.

Holy Mary’s celebration in Vraka

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On Sunday, with the blessing of the Metropolitan of Montenegro, Amfilohije and Archbishop of the Albanian Orthodox Church, Janulatos, the liturgy celebrating the Holy Virgin feast took place in Vraka followed by numerous believers from Shkodra, Vraka and Montenegro. The liturgy was served by father Srboljub Stojanovic and father Radomir Nikcevic, accompanied by the church choir of “St. Nicholas” at the church “Saint Prince Lazar” near Cacak. Read more →

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