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Patriarch Alexy/Prime Minister Zizic/schism in the Serbian Orthodox Church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2001.04.27 MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE: Patriarch Alexy receives Yugoslavian Prime Minister Zoran Zizic RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH DEPARTMENT FOR EXTERNAL CHURCH
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 27, 2001
      2001.04.27 MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE: Patriarch Alexy receives
      Yugoslavian Prime Minister Zoran Zizic

      RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
      DEPARTMENT FOR EXTERNAL CHURCH RELATIONS
      Internet: http://www.russian-orthodox-church.org.ru
      E-mail address: commserv@...
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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
      Montenegro.

      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.
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