Church of the Holy Trinity near Peć vandalised with Islamist graffiti

Country: Kosovo

Date of incident: May 15, 2024

Unknown individuals broke into the Church of the Holy Trinity a village near Peć and vandalised it with graffiti. The messages included “Allah Akbar,” as well as Albanian phrases such as “Remove this church from here,” “Only Muslims are here,” “We don’t want churches, we want mosques,” and “Islam is the only true religion!”

The article also states that this incident is particularly troubling as it follows the decision by the Kosovo authorities to ban Serbian Patriarch Porfirije and other bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church from entering Kosovo. This prohibition prevented them from celebrating the Holy Liturgy and starting the regular session of the Holy Synod of Bishops at the Peć Patriarchate Monastery.

The Diocese highlighted that these attacks on churches and private property are predominantly driven by ethnic and religious motivations, explicitly targeting the Serbian community and the Serbian Orthodox Church.