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Petar (Zimonjić) of Dabar-Bosna

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Our father among the [[saint]]s, Hieromartyr Metropolitan ''' Saint Hieromartyr Metropolitan Petar (Zimonjić)''' of Dabar-Bosna (Свети Свештеномученик Петар Дабробосански)''' was the Metropolitan of the [[diocese]] of Dabro-Bosnia in Yugoslavia for twenty years until early in World War II. He was [[martyr]]ed during the Nazi occupation of Yugoslavia . ==Life==The future metropolitan Petar was the son of a nobleman ("vojvoda") and [[priest ''']] Bogdan Zimonjić (Богдан Зимоњић)'''. He was born in Grahovo, on [[June 24]], 1866. He completed attended the Seminary seminary in Reljevo ( between 1883-and 1887), and graduated from continued his education at the Orthodox Theological Faculty in Cernovice (from 1887-until his graduation in 1893. In October 1893), Petar was appointed assistant professor at the Reljevo Seminary, and a year later he was appointed professor.  He received the name Petar when he took [[monasticism|monastic ]] vows on [[September 6]], 1895. He was [[ordination|ordained ]] [[deacon ]] on [[September 7]] and presbyter on [[September 8presbyter]], 1895. In October 1893, Petar was appointed assistant professor in the Reljevo Seminary, and a year later he was appointed professornext day. He became a consistorial advisor in Sarajevo in 1901. In that period he He was then elected the Metropoliten Metropolitan of Zahumlje and Herzegovina. On , and then on [[June 9]], 1903, Petar was ordained consecrated and enthroned in Mostar. After the retirement of the Metropolitan of Dabro-Bosnia, Evgenije (Letica), Petar was appointed the Metropolitan of this Diocese the diocese by a royal chart charter dated [[November 7]], 1920.
== Martyrdom ==
After World War II had broken out, Metr. Petar was advised to leave Bosnia and move to Serbia or Montenegro. He replied saying: ''“I am the people's shepherd, which means that I am bound to stay here and share evil with these people, as I used to share good with them; thus I have to share the destiny of my people and stay where I am supposed to be"''. He defended consistently the Orthodox faith in front of German Gestapo by insisting on continuing use of the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet instead of changing to the Latin alphabet. A Roman Catholic priest, Bozidar Bral, an adherent of the Croatian Ustase in charge of Bosnia and Herzegovina, had a decisive role in this severe policy of forbidding use of the Cyrillic alphabet.
After World War II had broken out, Metropolitan Petar was advised to move to Serbia or MontenegroMetr. He replied saying: "I am people's shepherd, which means that I am bound to stay here and share evil with these people, as I used to share good with them; thus I have to share the destiny of my people and stay where I am supposed to be". He defended consistently the Orthodox faith in front of German Gestapo, by insisting on the using of the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet. Roman Catholic priest Bozidar Bral, an adherent of the Ustase in charge of Bosnia and Herzegovina, had a decisive role in this severe attack, namely forbiddance of the usage of the Cyrillic alphabet. Metropolitan Petar was arrested on [[May 12]], 1941. He was imprisoned first imprisoned in the "Beledija" prison, and on [[May 15]] of the same year then three days later he was transported to the "Kerestinac" prison where he got was assigned the number 29781. He There, his beard and hair was shaved there and all the his [[bishop's ]]’s insignia were taken away from him. The circumstances of his death are inconsistent. After awful torturing enduring severe torture, he was taken moved to Koprivnica and then to Jasenovac (or Gospic). According to the testimonies of Jovo Furtula and Jovo Lubura from the Sarajevo District, Metropolitan Metr. Petar was killed in Jasenovac and his . His corpse was cast then thrown in the fiery furnace used for brick making. However, there is another version stating states that Metropolitan Metr. Petar was taken to Gospic, namely Jadovno, where he was killed in a monstrous manner.
At In 1998, during the regular session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the [[Church of Serbia|Serbian Orthodox Church in 1998, Dabro-Bosnian Metropolitan ]] Metr. Petar was canonized and his name was added to the list of other saints of the Serbian people and of Orthodox Christian-Orthodox faith.
The Serbian Church marks the memory of him in the third week of September.
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