Voices from Russia

Monday, 16 November 2009

Metropolitan Philaret of Minsk Shall Represent the MP at the Funeral of Patriarch Pavle

Patriarch Pavle Stojčević of Serbia (1914-2009)

A delegation headed by Metropolitan Philaret Vakhromeyev of Minsk and Slutsk, the Patriarchal Exarch for All Belarus, shall represent the MP at the funeral of Patriarch Paul of Serbia on 19 November in Belgrade, Hieromonk Filipp Ryabykh, the deputy chairman of the Department for External Church Relations told RIA-Novosti on Monday. “His Holiness Patriarch Kirill blessed a delegation headed by Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk to go to Serbia [to attend the funeral of Patriarch Pavle]. Amongst its members are two clergymen of the Belarusian Exarchate, Archpriest Nikolai, the secretary of the Exarchate, and Hierodeacon Antony, who shall assist the bishops. Fr Igor Yakimchuk, acting Secretary-General for Inter-Orthodox relations will represent the MP Department of External Church Relations”, Fr Filipp said. He went on to say that the MP delegation would concelebrate with clergy of the Serbian Church [at the funeral].

“Relations between the MP and the Serbian Church are very warm; they have been friendly for many centuries. The late Patriarch Pavle made a great contribution to their development”, Fr Filipp said. He pointed up that the 44th First Hierarch of the Serbian Church repeatedly visited Russia. “Russian Orthodox believers believe that he was a good pastor, a man of genuine prayer, and a friend of the Russian Church and Russia as a whole”, Fr Filipp concluded.

Patriarch Pavle headed the Serbian Orthodox Church since 1990. Upon the death of Patriarch Pavle, the Holy Synod of the Serbian Church formally elected Metropolitan Amfilohije Radović of Montenegro and Primorsky Locum Tenens of the Serbian patriarchal throne. Over the past year-and-a-half, as the patriarch was seriously ill, Metropolitan Amfilohije actually led the Serbian Orthodox Church and was effectual chairman of the Holy Synod. As reported on Monday by the MP Press Service, referring to the official website of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Holy Synod of the Serbian Church elected Metropolitan Amfilohije at an emergency meeting on Sunday night, less than 24 hours after the death of His Holiness Pavle. A Local Council of the Serbian Church shall hold an election of a new patriarch, and 40 days must pass after the death of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle before the Church can hold it.

16 November 2009

Olga Lipich



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