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Barnabas (Nastić) of Hvosno

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Our father among the [[saint]]s '''Varnava (Nastić)''' (in Serbian: '''Свети Варнава Нови Исповједник''') was auxiliary [[auxiliary bishop]] of Hvosno. His [[feast day]] is [[October 30]] on the Julian Calendar.
Deacon Varnava remained in Sarajevo during World War II. Croatian fascists, however, tried to force him to join a fascist creation called the "Croatian Orthodox Church" that they had organized to subvert the Serbian population in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Dn. Varnava categorically refused this. Soon he had to leave Sarajevo in order to save his life.
After war he was ordained a [[Hieromonk]] and raised to the rank of [[Protosyngellos ]] by [[Bishop ]] Nektarije of Zvornik and Tuzla. In its first regular session, the Holy Assembly of the Serbian Orthodox Church elected Fr. Varnava [[auxiliary bishop]] to the Serbian Patriarch with the title of Bishop of Hvosno, with the responsibility of administering the [[Diocese]] of Dabar-Bosna. He was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] by Patriarch Gavrilo, Bp. Nektarije, and Bp. Vikentije of Zletovo and Strumica on [[May 20]], 1947.
In his new position Bishop Varnava began openly criticizing the new communist regime for mistreating the church. He was soon arrested and sentenced to twenty years in prison. He was accused of being an American spy with one of the charges being that he was teaching his sister English, so she could be used as a spy for the Americans.

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