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English10/07/2019

CONSECRATION OF RENEWED CHURCH DEDICATED TO KILLED SERBIAN CHILDREN

 

KONJIC, July 10 / SRNA / - Renewed Church of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul will be consecrated on great Orthodox Feast of Saints Peter and Paul on Friday, July 12 in the village of Borci in the municipality of Konjic and Patrons Saint's Day /Slava/ of this church will be celebrated.

 

Parish priest Milan Bužanin told SRNA that the church was built in 1896 and renewed in honor of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul and Serbian boys Petar and Pavle Golubović, who were, together with their parents, killed in Konjic in 1992.
He said that the program of celebration, which starts at 10 a.m., includes the church consecration, a Holy Liturgy and the Slava bread-breaking ceremony.

His Holiness Bishop of Zahumlje and Herzegovina and the Littoral Dimitrije will celebrate the Holy Liturgy and will consecrate the church.

A memorial service for members of the Golubović family will be held after the Holy Liturgy at 11.30 a.m.

According to the program, Bishop Dimitrije and BiH Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik, who is the patron of this Orthodox church, are supposed to address the faithful gathered at the church.

Bužanin said that there would be a plaque at the entrance to the church on which the basic information about the church will be inscribed - when it was built, that it was restored this year to the glory of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and in memory of the killed Serbian boys Petar and Pavle and that the patron of the reconstruction was Milorad Dodik in the capacity of President of Republika Srpska.

"In a conversation between the president and me, he asked me what he could do in memory of the killed boys. I asked him to be the patron of the restoration of this church to the glory of the apostles and in memory of the children, and he accepted the idea. We started the implementation last year and now we have finished it, "said Bužanin.

He said that there will be the icon in the church on which the apostles Peter and Paul are painted with the boys Peter and Paul. "It will be the icon to be worshiped by all who enter the temple," said Bužanin.

Brothers Petar and Pavle Golubović were only seven and five years old when five members of the interventional platoon of the Konjic Police Station, headed by Miralem Macić, took them and their parents, renown Serbs from Konjic, professors Đuro and Vlasta, from their apartment, drove them five km from the apartment under the cover of the night, and executed them.

Boys and their parents were shot near the police station in the Polje Bijela neighborhood, along the road towards the village of Spiljani.

Petar Golubović survived the first execution.

After a rapid fire, he fell to the ground between the bodies of his parents and brother Pavle. After the perpetrators left, he got up and headed towards a police checkpoint in the settlement of Polje Bijela.

When he came there, he told police officers Hadžo Macić and Dražen Marković what happened.

Executioners heard it by way of radio communication, returned and took Petar away. They stopped near the community of Begin Vir, where they took him out of a car and executed him.

Bodies of boys and their parents laid for several days on the bank of the River Neretva before they were buried at the Orthodox cemetery in Musala.

Thanks to Anis Kosovac, a new gate was put up at the entrance to the Orthodox cemetery in Musala. A memorial plaque with illustrations of Petar and Pavle Golubović is on the gate.

Names of Petar and Pavle Golubović are engraved on a joint memorial to killed children of Konjic, which is erected in front of a school in Musala.

The first indictment for this crime was issued in 1994, and verdicts were pronounced at the end of 1995.

Prosecutor Ibro Bulić cited as perpetrators Miralem Macić, Jusuf Potur and Adem Landžo, together with Šefik Tucaković and Mirsad Maksumović who were killed in the war.

These three men were retried before the Mostar Canton Court. On July 25, 2000, Macić and Landžo were sentenced to 12 years in prison each, while Potur was sentenced to eight years in prison. The FBiH Supreme Court confirmed the verdicts.

In addition to them, veterinarian technician Halil Tucaković, and police officers at the checkpoint in Polje Bijela Dražen Marković and Hadžo Macić are mentioned in the indictment from 1994.

The public knows very little about the murder without condemnation, without explanation, without reason, but Serbs in Konjic and all Herzegovina places remember well this crime and talk about it so that it may never be forgotten.
Speaking of the murder of Serbian boys, Bužanin has said that this act “strikes at the heart of every person.”

“This crime deserves every condemnation, but we, as Christians, must pray to God to forgive even executioners and all others who helped them in the crime,” Bužanin said.

The church in Borci, which was declared a BiH national monument in 2006, was under Serb control until the signing of the Dayton Agreement and was preserved, but was devastated after the Serb army and people left the area after the signing of the Dayton Agreement.

Đuro and Neđo Simić, who remained there, repaired the church only to the extent to prevent the rain from falling into it and the wind from blowing in it during the church service.

“This is the church which was built by people of this area who gather here every year and which is very important for the Serbian people since certain icons which are BiH’s national treasury are preserved in it,” said Bužanin.

Before the war, around 7,000 Serbs lived in Konjic, and in present days, there are less than 300. Only a few Serbian families live in Borci. /end/dš