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Sunday, 15 November 2009

Serbia Declares Mourning after the Death of Patriarch Pavle

Filed under: Christian,Orthodox hierarchs,religious,Serbia — 01varvara @ 00.00

Patriarch Pavle of Serbia 3

Mourners pass the coffin of Patriarch Pavle Stojčević of Serbia (1914-2009) in Belgrade today… many thanks to Sasha Ressetar for sending on this photo.

The Serbian government declared a three-day national mourning period starting Monday after Patriarch Pavle died at 95 on Sunday. President Boris Tadić called the death of the patriarch “a huge loss” and said Pavle “united the nation”. Pavle called for peace and reconciliation in the 1990s during ethnic conflicts that resulted in the break-up of Yugoslavia. The patriarch, who was elected to head the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1990, died today of cardiac arrest during his sleep after having been hospitalised for two years in the Belgrade Military Hospital, doctors said. In the year 2000, the Serbian Church called on Slobodan Milošević, then president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, to resign, after NATO air raids put an end to his crackdown on Kosovo Albanians.

Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, a deputy head of the MP Department of External Church Relations, said Patriarch Pavle was “a righteous man of our time”. Fr Nikolai said he symbolised “the spiritual unity of the Serb nation” and added that Pavle was “a great friend of the Russian Orthodox Church”. Patriarch Pavle’s burial will be at the Rakovica monastery in Belgrade on Thursday, local news agencies said after a meeting of the Church’s Holy Synod.

15 November 2009

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20091115/156850246.html

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