05 December 2021,   05:39
Patriarch of Serbian Orthodox Church dies of coronavirus

Patriarch Irinej, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, has died after contracting the coronavirus, President Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday.

Irinej, 90, a conservative who wielded major political influence, was diagnosed with the virus on November, 4, and had been in a military hospital in the capital Belgrade since then.

He tested positive after attending the Nov 1 funeral of Metropolitan Amfilohije, the most senior cleric of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, who also died from COVID-19.

“I was honored to know you. People like you never depart”, - Vucic wrote on his Instagram account under a black and white photo of Irinej.