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The church patriarch dies of Covid-19 after leading burial of the bishop killed by the virus in open coffin



Irinej, 90, led a funeral service with an open coffin for the church’s high priest in Montenegro, Metropolitan Amfilohije Radović, on November 1.

Three days later, Irinej was hospitalized after testing positive for Covid-19.

Amfilohije’s body had been displayed in an open coffin during the service before being buried in the crypt of the church in Podgorica, Montenegro.

Patriarch Irinej shows respect for Serbian Orthodox Church Bishop Amfilohije Radović at his funeral in Podgorica, Montenegro on November 1[ads1].

A large crowd was gathered in front of the crowded church, where only a few of the participants inside the building wore face coverings. Video of the service showed mournful kissing of the deceased clergyman in hands and forehead as is customary.

None of the priests, including Irinej, who performed the liturgy, wore masks.

On Friday, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic confirmed Irinej’s death and posted a photo of him on Instagram with the caption: “I was honored to know you. People like you never travel.”

An earlier statement from the Serbian Orthodox Church said he was intubated after his condition worsened on Thursday.

Born Miroslav Gavrilovic on August 27, 1930, Irinej became throne as the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Serbs in 2010.

Serbia’s Ministry of Health reported on Thursday that 104,097 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country since the pandemic started with 1,110 deaths.


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