‘Persecution of Orthodox Christians': Patriarch Kirill calls upon Montenegro authorities to stop crackdown on the Church

Posted On: Jul 15, 2020   |   Posted By: RT

‘Persecution of Orthodox Christians': Patriarch Kirill calls upon Montenegro authorities to stop crackdown on the Church

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill has urged Montenegro authorities to repeal a “discriminative” religious law and stop “large-scale and purposeful persecution” of the canonical denomination.
“I call upon the civil authorities of Montenegro to repeal the discriminatory law that has brought division and schism into the Montenegrin society, to put an end to the persecution against the Orthodox Church, to stop the attempts to create in her place some other church structure,” the Patriarch said in his address to the Balkan country.
The ongoing tensions have been sparked by a controversial law, adopted by Montenegro late in 2019. Despite its name - ‘On religious freedom and legal state of religious communities' - the legislation was widely seen as targeting exclusively the Serb Orthodox Church, the only canonical church body in Montenegro. Many feared it would ultimately result in the Serb Church being deprived of its property and the creation of a schismatic ‘church' entity.
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