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The Serbian Patriarch conducted the Liturgy at the metochion of the Moscow Patriarchate

Patriarch Irinej of Serbia on the day of the Holy Trinity held a festive divine service at Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in Belgrade, said the press service of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate (DECR).

"June 8, 2020, the day the Holy spirit, the metochion of the Moscow Patriarchate in Belgrade (Serbia) celebrated the patronal feast of their temple. A festive Liturgy on this day made a representation of his Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia. His Holiness concelebrated with the rector of the metochion Archpriest Vitaly Tarasyev and the clergy of Belgrade," the report says.

After the Liturgy Patriarch Irinej mentioned about the assistance that Russia has at various times provided the Serbian Church, noted in the DECR. "Speaking about the test, which takes the Serbian Patriarchate in our time, he (Patriarch Irinej, ed.), in particular, pointed to the difficult situation in Montenegro and stressed the need to do everything possible to maintain the shrines in the ancient ground of Kosovo", - specify in a press-service.

In turn, the rector of the metochion of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Vitaly Tarasyev "stressed the importance of common concern for the unity of Orthodoxy, and highlighted the problem of preservation of the Orthodox shrines of Kosovo and Metohija".

The President of Montenegro 18 may promised to achieve autocephaly (independence) of the so-called Orthodox Church in Montenegro was not recognized in the Orthodox world, and, if necessary, to create a Montenegrin national Church in opposition to the Serbian Orthodox Church. According to Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, it is about forced assimilation or expulsion of Serbs from the country. Earlier, the President of Serbia Alexander survived said that attempts to create a new Orthodox Church are acting against the national identity of the Serbs, which will lead to their disappearance in Montenegro, where now they account for about 30% of the population.