Orthodox Aim to Save Monasteries in Kosovo

ROME, JUNE 2, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Two Orthodox monks from Kosovo appealed to Rome to save monasteries of their Church severely damaged by Albanian radicals.

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The two monks, Sava Janijc and Andrej Sajc, of the Monastery of Decani, spoke to journalists about the attacks that took place in mid-March.

The attacks severely damaged or destroyed at least 35 Orthodox monasteries, churches and seminaries, leaving dozens of people dead and hundreds wounded.

The monks said that more than 150 Serbian religious sites have been devastated since the end of the war.

The religious thanked the Italian contingent that is present in Kosovo with 2,000 military men, which has guaranteed the security of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Pec, as well as of the monasteries of Decani and Grazanica, treasures of Byzantine art.

A committee entitled «Save the Monasteries of Kosovo» has been established to preserve and restore the province’s Orthodox monasteries.

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