World News – CA – Church leader in Montenegro dies after COVID-19 infection


PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) – The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, who led months of protests against the small Balkan state The pro-Western government that was removed from power during August election died in hospital after contracting coronavirus, church said on Friday

Bishop Amfilohije’s condition deteriorated on Thursday after developing heavy breathing and chest pain, medics said He was taken to a hospital in the capital, Podgorica, earlier in October after being tested virus positive

Ahead of the August parliamentary elections, supporters of the Serbian Church led by Amfilohije staged months of protests against a property law passed by parliament in December

Pro-Russian church argued law allows Montenegrin state to confiscate property as a prelude to establishing separate Montenegrin church The government has denied this claim

The protests, some organized in defiance of the ban on public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, succeeded in galvanizing the opposition, which narrowly won the vote

Amfilohije, known for his staunchly anti-Western and pro-Russian political views, has played a key role in leading the anti-government protests and in building an opposition coalition that is currently trying to form the new government of the country

Amfilohije once said that Muslims were « a false people with a false religion » and was also known for his frequent statements against homosexual groups and for promoting gender equality

Montenegro, Coronavirus, Amfilohije Radović, Eastern Orthodox Church, Serbia

News from the world – CA – Church leader in Montenegro dies from COVID infection- 19


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