New Roman Catholic pope formally enthroned
Source: B92, Tanjug
ROME -- Pope Francis I has been formally enthroned as the new head of the Roman Catholic Church during a ceremony in Rome on Tuesday.
Hatred, envy, and pride defile life - instead guard the people and love, was his first message to believers.
The ceremony was attended by the heads of state and governments of almost 200 countries, the representatives of almost all Orthodox Churches, Jewish and other religious communities, as well as nearly one million Catholic worshipers who flocked to Rome from all over the world.
The Serbian delegation was led by President Tomislav Nikolić and the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije.
The enthronement of the new pope was also attended on behalf of the Islamic Community of Serbia by Mufti Muhamed Jusufspahić.
The pope greeted the guests and in his short sermon gave several messages with multi-dimensional meaning open not only to Christians but to all people of good will.
Tuesday's ceremony was held on the feast of St. Joseph, which, as mentioned by Francis I, was also the birthday of his predecessor, Benedict XVI - who did not attend the ceremony.
In a short speech in Italian, the pope urged his followers to be the guardians of all that is created, to preserve the beauty, the people, to be kind to every person, particularly toward children, the elderly and those who, as he said, are the most vulnerable and often on the margins of our hearts.
The new head of the Catholic Church, who took his papal name from Francis of Assisi, the patron of the poor, also said that people should practice honesty and friendship, trust and the good, and that all this was entrusted "to man, the keeper of God's gifts".
"Let's not allow the world to be marked by signs of destruction and death," he said.
The ceremony lasted an hour, less than all previous enthronements. Pope Francis is the first coming from Latin America - however, he comes from a family of Italian immigrants to Argentina and holds citizenships of both countries. He is also the first Jesuit on the throne of St. Peter.
It is expected that the pope will meet with representatives of the Orthodox Churches and with Patriarch Bartholomew, who is the first ecumenical partirarch to attend a papal enthronement.
March 14, 2013 | 20:55 | Source: Reuters, Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- The war in Iraq has so far cost the United States 1.7 trillion dollars, in addition to the 490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans.
March 15, 2013 | 19:51 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- British PM David Cameron says that he, "with all due respect", does not agree with the statement of the new pope that Falkland Islands belong to Argentina.
March 15, 2013 | 20:13 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
PARIS -- The Roma living in France say they wish to initiate legal action against Interior Minister Interior Manuel Valls, and accuse him of inciting racial hatred.
March 17, 2013 | 11:53 | Source: BBC | Comments: (10) | Send comment
DAMASCUS -- A Syrian army general has reportedly defected to the opposition, saying that morale in the army has collapsed.
March 13, 2013 | 20:38 | Source: B92, BBC | Comments: (6) | Send comment
ROME -- The first Latin American pope has been elected in the Vatican late on Wednesday - he is Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
March 18, 2013 | 11:41 | Source: Beta | Comments: (6) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- Russian Deputy FM Sergei Ryabkov says Moscow's position has not changed after the U.S. announcement of changes in the plan to deploy its anti-missile system.
March 14, 2013 | 13:43 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in South America Bishop John of Caracas says new Pope Francis I “has good relations with Russia”.
March 16, 2013 | 12:10 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
The U.S. is abandoning a key part of its Eastern European missile defense plan due to development problems and funding, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says.
March 17, 2013 | 15:36 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BEIJING -- China’s new Prime Minister Li Keqiang said on Sunday that ensuring sustainable economic growth was the top priority for his government.
March 13, 2013 | 14:19 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BERLIN -- Several hundreds of German police officers started raiding homes of radical Islamists – Salafists in several federal states on Wednesday.
March 19, 2013 | 12:38 | Source: 24sata.rs | Comments: (1) | Send comment
CAIRO -- Two men suspected of stealing a rickshaw have been beaten and hanged by their feet to die by members of "the Civil Guard", reports from Egypt said.
March 16, 2013 | 15:55 | Source: Deutsche Welle | Comments: (8) | Send comment
NICOSIA -- Cypriots headed to local cooperative banks and ATMs on Saturday in an effort to protect their savings from a new tax.