“Voice of Canadian Serbs”, Thursday, June 27, 2002.
Royal family ushers in new regime in Serbia
By Jan Dean
For the more than 10.000 Serbs who attended the four-day consecration of the All Serbian Saints Serbian Orthodox Church on Dixie Road last weekend, the attendance of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Aleksandar ii and his wife, Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia and Serbia, was an integration of church, state, government and royalty that has not been possible for over 50 years. According to church board member Alex Brkich of Mississauga, the event was “a phenomenal rebirth of community, culture, charity and consecration for us”.
The Crown Prince was born in England in 1945 in a Claridge’s Hotel room designated Yugoslavian soil so that Aleksandar could one day assume the throne of Yugoslavia. Because of Yugoslavia’s Communist government, the Prince lived abroad until his 56th birthday – July 17, 2001 – when he and his family returned to live in the Royal Palace in Belgrade.
“My family is deeply rooted to the country”, said the Prince. “I worked with the democratic opposition to the Communists since 1989, and now those people make up the democratic government”.
The Royal family resides in the Palace at their own expense while working to rebuild the country. And, while they have no official position within the government, the Prince’s experience as a successful businessman is proving a boon to the country as it looks for investment and moves to a total market economy.
“The fighting has stopped in Yugoslavia and we are a stable democracy now, waiting for the world to realize the opportunities in our country”, said the Prince. “We are the crossroads of south-eastern Europe, and after years of communist economy, we need investment and jobs to ensure a stable future”.
Crown Princess Katarina said her husband “has been a refugee for 55 years and now he is home. But, until we moved there last year, we never realized the shape our country was in”. Emerging from decades of communist control, followed by years of conflict, Yugoslavia is now home to five per cent of the world’s refugees, some 700,00 people.
Princess Katarina has made hospital improvement and aiding those most at risk her special concern. “Our doctors are heroic, but children are dying in our country because they lack basic antibiotics”, she said. “Hospitals don’t have ambulances or basic equipment, and labs are almost non/existent. Our people deserve to live like other Europeans, but they are proud and don’t ask for help. So, I ask the international community for help on their behalf”.
Much of that help is being recruited by Lifeline Humanitarian Organization that the Princess set up in 1993. Information about it can be found at:
www.royalfamily.org, the royal family’s website.
Meanwhile, Prince Aleksandar said he and his wife were happy to be invited to the consecration of All Serbian Saints Serbian Orthodox Church in Mississauga. The city is home to 15,000 of the GTA’s 50,000 Serbs. The church was founded in 1993, but building stopped so that Canadian Serbs could help family members caught in the conflicts in Yugoslavia. Construction began again in 1999.
The consecration ceremony was conducted by more than 30 Bishops and clergy of the church.
Mississauga News, June 19, 2002
OSVECENJE NAJVECEG PRAVOSLAVNOG HRAMA NA TLU SEVERNE AMERIKE POSVECENOG SABORU SRPSKIH SVETITELJA U MISISAGI TORONTO, KANADA
Petnaestog juna ove godine osvanuo je najradosniji dan za pravoslavne Srbe koji zive u Kanadi, kada je dolaskom u Misisagu Visokopreosvecene i Preosvecene gospode arhijereja Srpske pravoslavne crkve, Njihovih Kraljevskih Visocanstava Prestolanaslednika Aleksandra i Princeze Katarine Karadjordjevic, mnogobrojnih svestenika, predstavnika Savezne Vlade Jugoslavije i diplomatskih predstavnika SR Jugoslavije u Kanadi, zatim gradonacelnika Misisage, gospodje Hejzel Mek Kalion, kao i drugih predstavnika kanadskih vlasti, u prisustvu veliko broja vernog naroda, zapocelo osvecenje najveceg pravoslavnog hrama u Kanadi, posvecenog Saboru srpskih svetitelja.
Posle ovoga pristupilo
se osvecenju hrama i sluzenju Svete arhijerejske Liturgije, koju je sluzio
Njegovo Visokopreosvestenstvo Mitropolit zagrebacko – ljubljanski G.
Jovan, uz sasluzenje
I pored sve svoje velicine, novi hram je bio mali da primi ogroman broj vernog naroda koji je ovim radosnim povodom, uz blagodarnost Bogu, sa radoscu ucestvovao u Svetoj Liturgiji.
U besedi odrzanoj ovim
izuzetnim povodom, Njegovo Visokopreosvestenstvo Mitropolit G. Jovan je,
izmedju ostalog, rekao: “Danas je braco i sestre osvanuo veliki dan za sve
obratili su se uvazeni gosti,
U popodnevnim casovima Njegovo Preosvestenstvo Episkop branicevski G. Ignjatije je odrzao prigodno predavanje.
novinar lista “Istocnik “
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