by His Holiness
This humble publication is our cry and appeal to the Christian
and civilized world. It is distressing to learn that in the year of the
greatest Christian Jubilee, at the end of two milleniums of Christianity,
Christian churches are still being destroyed -- not in a war but in the time
of peace guaranteed by the international community. We hope that these photos
of the destroyed and desecrated Orthodox shrines will stir the consciousness
of those who are in a position to stop the crimes and we believe that those
who already stood up against one evil will not remain mere witnesses passively
watching another kind of evil take place before their eyes.
We also wish to make our appeal to all Kosovo Albanians, who undoubtedly
see their future in coexistence with the Serbs, to resist and not allow the
acts of insanity to happen.
In Kosovo and Metohija there will be no victory of humanity and justice
while revenge and disorder prevail. No one has a moral right to celebrate
victory complacently for as long as one kind of evil replaces another and the
freedom of one people rests upon the slavery of another.