Thursday, September 8, 2016

Patriarch Bartholomew to Visit Croatia,Mark Jasenovac Death Camp Anniversary

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will visit Zagreb,Croatia this weekend to open a Scientific Conference on the theme of New Martyrs:Polyperspective II on Friday 9 September.The conference is being held at the Serbian Orthodox Grammar School "Katerina Kantakuzina Brankovic."It will bring together experts on this subject matter from such countries as Poland,Russia,Croatia,Israel and Serbia,including historians,sociologists and theologians.*
Patriarch Bartholomew will also on Friday visit the site of the fascist death camp Jasenovac,where about 100,000 Serbs,Jews,Gypsies and anti-fascist ethnic Croats and Muslims were executed from 1941-45 by the fascist and genocidal Ustase regime,which was propped up by Axis powers Germany and Italy.The patriarch will then attend Vespers at the Church of St.Prophet Elijah in Mlaka village with the assembled hierarchs and conference participants.*
On Saturday 10 September,His All-Holiness and His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia will concelebrate the hierarchal Divine Liturgy for the 75th Anniversary of the suffering of the Holy Martyrs of Jasenovac with hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church,Polish Orthodox Church and Romanian Orthodox Church at the Church of the Nativity of St.John the Baptist in Jasenovac.*
Following the liturgy,Patriarch Bartholomew will bless the renovated Bishop's Palace in Pakrac,which is the diocesan headquarters for the Bishop of Slavonia and conference chairman,His Grace Bishop Jovan of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

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