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Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Patriarch Kirill Believed That the Late Patriarch Pavle of Serbia Was a Symbol of Steadfastness In The Face Of Trials

Patriarch Pavle Stojčević of Serbia (1914-2009)

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias called the late First Hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church a symbol of steadfastness in the face of the tragic events of recent years. “One of the oldest First Hierarchs of our universal Orthodox family has gone off to his eternal abode. His name and image have become for millions of believers worldwide a symbol of the unity of the Holy Serbian Orthodox Church and its steadfastness in the face of trials”, according to a message of condolences from Patriarch Kirill, published on the official website of the MP. The late Patriarch Pavle was “a strict ascetic and man of prayer, but, he was also a merciful father of the people of God, and to the end of days he humbly bore his burden. The late First Hierarch’s gentleness and love melted the hearts of his people, the podvig and sacrificial service of his patriarchal service led to deep and genuine popular veneration. The late Patriarch Pavle enjoyed great prestige in the MP, so, we are joining our Serbian brothers and sisters in fervent prayer for the repose of the soul of the newly-reposed servant of God”, Patriarch Kirill wrote. Addressing Metropolitan Amfilohije Radović of Montenegro and Primorsky, the patriarchal locum tenens of the Serbian Orthodox Church, he asked him to convey his condolences to all of the Serbian people. Patriarch Pavle died last Sunday in a Belgrade hospital in the 96th year of his life.

17 November 2009




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