Roman Catholic Mass served on the grounds of the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas in Novo Brdo – Diocese of Raska-Prizren expresses serious disappointment and protest
Roman Catholic Bishop of Kosovo Dode Gjergji and the Albanian Archbishop of Bar (Montenegro) Zef Gashi with their clergy and a group of believers served a mass at the remains of the Orthodox Christian cathedral of St. Nicholas in the vicinity of the Novo Brdo medieval fortress. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novo_Brdo_Fortress
The mass was attended by Ismet Hajrullahu the head of the Kosovo Institute for protection of cultural monuments. The news in Albanian was published by the Roman-Catholic Diocese at: http://www.drita.info/2019/08/02/u-shenua-dita-e-diaspores-ne-novoberd/
The Diocese of Raška and Prizren expressed its gravest concern and disagreement to Kosovo institutions already in June due to unauthorized works of the Kosovo Ministry of Culture (institute for Archeology) at this medieval Serbian Orthodox site which is situated within the Special Protected Zone of Novo Brdo where all works are prohibited without the consent of the Implementation Monitoring Committee and the Serbian Orthodox Church communique-raska-prizren-diocese-concerning-unauthorized-construction-work-cathedral-chur It should be noted that after the clearing of the ground the Kosovo archeologists also opened medieval tombs in the church without authorization and with no expertize erected pillars in the central part of the church. A comprehensive archeological research and excavations were done in the Yugoslav times (1950ies) and the found artifacts are stored in Belgrade, especially the remnants of the stonework with inscriptions in Cyrillic script which clearly witness about the history of the church.
All of the research done on St. Nicholas Church and its history is presented in detail in the book, “The Church of St. Nicholas—the Cathedral of Novo Brdo” by archeologists Mark Popović and Igor Bjelić, published in Serbian and in English in Belgrade in 2018. On the basis of the massive amount of historical and archeological sources cited, photographs of the location, excavated artifacts, drawings, and possible ideal reconstructions of the church, we can get, for now, the most complete picture of Novo Brdo’s Cathedral Church.This useful book in English/Serbian i available in PDF format here: https://d.pr/free/f/34iYBL