Patriarch Alexy/Prime Minister Zizic/schism in the Serbian Orthodox Church
- 2001.04.27 MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE: Patriarch Alexy receives
Yugoslavian Prime Minister Zoran Zizic
RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
DEPARTMENT FOR EXTERNAL CHURCH RELATIONS
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Press-release, April 27, 2001
Patriarch Alexy of Moscow and All Russia received a delegation of the
Federate Republic of Yugoslavia led by Prime Minister Zoran Zizic on April
19, 2001, at his residence in St. Daniel's monastery.
Welcoming and blessing the Orthodox guests, the Primate of the Russian
Orthodox Church congratulated them on the feast of the Pascha of Christ.
His Holiness expressed the conviction that the official visit of the Prime
Minister of Yugoslavia, accompanied by a representative delegation, would
contribute to the consolidation of cooperation between Russia and Yugoslavia
and their nations.
Patriarch Alexy and his guests discussed church-state relations in Russia
and Yugoslavia, the integrity of Yugoslavia and the attempts to bring
division into the life of the Serbian Orthodox Church, especially in
According to Mr. Zizic, the unity of the Serbian Orthodox Church is an
important factor for preserving the integrity of the nation and state. He
informed His Holiness that a few years ago the so-called Montenegro
Autocephalous Orthodox Church was registered in Montenegro. This
politicized schismatic grouping consisting of several clergy has as its aim
to seize churches in the metropolitanate of Montenegro.
"The schism in the Serbian Orthodox Church, which has already been
effected in Montenegro, has not been and will not be recognized by the
Local Orthodox Churches. The present attempts to divide the Montenegro
metropolitanate will find no support in any of the Local Orthodox Churches"
His Holiness said.
In his talk with Zoran Zizic, His Holiness noted in particular, "I try to
draw public attention to the acts of vandalism committed in Kosovo and
Metochia. Unique churches, which should be taken under the protection of
UNESCO, have been barbarously destroyed there".
In conclusion of the meeting, His Holiness Patriarch Alexy, Zoran Zizic and
his delegation said a prayer and sang the Easter troparion at the Chapel of
All the Saints Who Shone Forth in the Russian Land.