Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Russia to support reconstruction of Orthodox churches in Kosovo

Moscow, May. 27, 2008 ( - Vatican Radio reports that Russia’s government will contribute $2 million toward the reconstruction of Orthodox churches in Kosovo.

The Greek and American governments will also provide funding to rebuild Kosovo’s war-torn Serbian Orthodox churches. At least 150 Orthodox churches and church-owned buildings have been destroyed or damaged since the outbreak of the war that led to autonomy for Kosovo.

The Russian Orthodox Church has frequently pleaded for international protection for the Serbian Orthodox minority in Kosovo. Ethnic Albanian Muslims form the majority of the population in the region, but Kosovo retains a strong historical significance for Serbia, because it is the site of a major battle in which Serbian forces turned back Muslims invaders in the 14th century.


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