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DECR vice-chairman and a delegation of the Foundation for Support of Christian Culture and Heritage meet with Bishop Gerasim of Gornji Carlovac

DECR vice-chairman and a delegation of the Foundation for Support of Christian Culture and Heritage meet with Bishop Gerasim of Gornji Carlovac
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10 December 2021 year 11:12

On December 8, 2021, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, vice-chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, and a delegation of the Foundation for Support of Christian Culture and Heritage led by Foundation director Ye. I. Skopenko visited the Serbian Orthodox Church’s Diocese of Gornji Carlovac in Croatia.

Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, Mr. Skopenko and their attendants met with Bishop Gerasim of Gornji Carlovac. Participating in the meeting were also Archpriest Vitaly Tarasjev, rector of the Belgrade Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church, Archimandrite Naum (Milkovic), abbot of the Gorica Monastery dedicated to the Icon of Three-Handed Theotokos, Rev. Dragan Kalamanda, who takes pastoral care of the Glina church community of the Diocese of Gornji Carlovac, A. Yu. Khoshev, DECR secretariat for inter-Orthodox relations; A. M. Popovacki, director of the POP-AP construction firm; as well as a group of staff members of the Foundation for Support of Christian Culture and Heritage. 

Archpriest Nikolay Balashov warmly greeted Bishop Gerasim of Gornji Carlovac on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the DECR chairman, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. 

In his response, Bishop Gerasim spoke about the assistance historically rendered to the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian people by the Russian Orthodox Church. “Thank you for the support, which we can feel, for support spiritual, prayerful and material”, the hierarch said, “In the churches of my diocese, we still keep liturgical books in Church Slavonic, which we received as a help and support fr om the Russian Orthodox Church… And it is only a tiny part of the help we have received”. 

Among the main themes of the meetings was the situation of the diocese and conditions for the ministry of its clergy, especially in the context of a destructive earthquake with the epicenter in its territory that happened in late December 2020. “I would like to thank the Russian Orthodox Church as she was the first to respond to the earthquake here, which affected several shrines”, Bishop Gerasim said discussing with Archpriest Nikolay Balashov and Mr. Skopenko the participation of his Foundation in restoring the church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos in Glina, one of the shrines of the Diocese of Gornji Carlovac affected by the earthquake. 

The church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos in Glina, which was built in 1963 in memory of the church of the same name destroyed by the Ustashe and which became a place of the martyrdom of 1567 Serbs killed by the Ustashe for their firm Orthodox faith and refusal to embrace Catholicism. In the post-war period, the Communist authorities impeded the restoration of the church, and in 1963, a new church was erected in Glina, which, together with the parish house, was damage by the earthquake and needs to be repaired and restored.  

On the same day, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov and Mr. Skopenko and their party visited the town of Glina, where, together with Bishop Gerasim, they could see the state of the church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos. Participating in the inspection of the church and consultations on the restoration project were also abbot of the Gornica Monastery Archimandrite Naum (Milkovic) and Mr. A. M. Popovacki, director of the POP-AP construction firm. 

The guests also visited Crikvenica, a resort on the Adriatic Sea, wh ere, accompanied by Father Jovan Galamic, who takes pastoral care of the community of the Rijeka city, they visited the church of St. Nicholas built in 1924 with the funds donated by the widow of outstanding Russian diplomat, ambassador of the Russian Empire to the Kingdom of Serbia Nikolaus von Hartwig (1857-1914). In the period between the wars, the church was used for the pastoral care of refugees who fled from Soviet Russia to Yugoslavia.

DECR Communication Service/Patriarchia.ru

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