Consecrated Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Zvornik

21/09/2023

His Holiness Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia consecrated today the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Zvornik, and the President of the Republic of Srpska Milorad Dodik was the godfather.

The President of the Republic of Srpska stated that it is a great honor to be the godfather of the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God, the construction of which has been completed after many years.

“After many years, we managed to finish this beautiful temple that the town of Zvornik deserves. I am glad that I had the opportunity to help build the temple”, said the President Dodik.

The President of the Republic pointed out that it is important that the Republic of Srpska has shown the ability to allocate serious funds in this time to build this temple.

According to the President of the Republic of Srpska, the large number of believers gathered in Zvornik shows that the Serbian Patriarch Porfirije is loved by the people.

“Wherever he appears, the patriarch carries the power of faith. We are talking about a man of great moral and human authority who is loved by our people”, said the President Dodik.

The President of the Republic of Srpska stated that today there is no better investment than the one in temples and that Srpska never hesitated to be with the Serbian Orthodox Church /SPC/, especially when significant buildings were being built.

“This is a guard, a gathering place, whoever passes here knows where it is, each of our places must have its own temple in order to be spiritually strong”, said the President Dodik, addressing the gathered believers.

The President of the Republic of Srpska noted that, after 200 years, not only the city but everyone can be proud of this temple, stating that he is proud of the fact that the Republic of Srpska was able to participate in it.

The President Dodik said that he is grateful for the initiative to build a temple because today there is no better fund invested than in the construction of temples, evaluating that this is a significant cultural, political and historical event.

“We learned a long time ago through history that if it were not for the SPC, our identity would be wandering, lost, we would not be aware of our past, and if we are not aware of it, then we cannot manage the present. If we cannot manage this time, then we certainly do not have any future”, said the President of the Republic of Srpska.

The President of Srpska emphasized that he is very proud since His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Porfirije often visits the Republic of Srpska, which is fully committed to full cooperation and support for the Church.

“In the Republic of Srpska, there are Orthodox people, but also others. Srpska and the Serb people want freedom for every person, regardless of who and what he is, if he accepts and wants to live in peace, who accepts the legitimacy and legality of Srpska, which is broad for everyone and gives freedom to everyone”, it was stressed by the President Dodik.