President of Slovenia Borut Pahor wishes a merry Christmas to the entire Orthodox Church congregation on the occasion of his visit to Ljubljana’s Orthodox Church
Ljubljana, 6. 1. 2013 | press release
Today, on the eve of the Orthodox Christmas, President of Slovenia Borut Pahor visited Ljubljana’s Church of Sts Cyril and Methodius and met with the representatives and congregation of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Slovenia.
Accompanied by senior priest Željko Lubarda, Vice-Metropolitan Bishop of the Zagreb–Ljubljana Metropolitanate, priests Dejan Mandić and Slaviša Spasojević, and several worshippers, President Pahor toured the Church of Sts Cyril and Methodius and, according to Orthodox tradition, lit a candle to the living. He also had a brief conversation with the representatives of the Orthodox Church.
In his press release, President Pahor emphasised that according to the Slovenian Constitution, the state is separated from religious communities, but that “despite this, and even because of it, we should make every effort for good and regulated relations both between institutions and on a personal level between the people.” He added that he would strive to maintain good and friendly relations with all religious leaders in Slovenia in order to strengthen trust and to be able to settle any potential problems openly and successfully. President Pahor also announced that he would visit other religious communities in Slovenia on similar occasions, just as he would visit many other non-governmental organisations during his term of office which have an important impact on the life, well-being and attitude of the people to the issues we are facing.
“As I have said to my hosts from the Serbian Orthodox Church today, I hope that all of us together see Slovenia as a common homeland in which we have different identities; however, this is a common homeland that today is faced with great problems which we will overcome more easily if we step together regardless of the differences between us and manage to strengthen what is common to us,” concluded President Pahor.
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