Serbian Orthodox Church elects new Patriarch Porfirije
Friday, February 19, 2021
He has expressed conservative pro-government views in the past, writing a critique in December of Serbian reporter and human rights advocate . Perić also encouraged the firing of outspoken professors at the Faculty of Theology in .
A current controversy concern Church property in neighbouring Montenegro. A law passed in 2019 requires evidence for ownership of property in Montenegro built before 1918, and the — relatively recent — continues to claim all Orthodox property in the country as its own, in spite of most being controlled by the Serbian Church.
The Serbian Orthodox Church refuses to recognise Kosovo as independent, which is also the official position of Russia and Serbia. Kosovo contains many important religious sites in Orthodox Christianity and is considered a cradle of the religion. Perić was ordained as monk at in Kosovo.
The election took place amongst 39 eligible bishops of the Holy Assembly of Bishops, who voted in a secret ballot at Belgrade's. After deliberation, three candidates are chosen and their names placed in envelopes. Perić's name, pulled at random, is considered to believers an expression of the 's will.
A thanksgiving service immediately followed the election.
Orthodox Christianity is the predominant faith in Serbia, Montenegro, and disputed Kosovo, and has considerable impact on public life.
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