Category Archives: Montenegro

Russian Synod issues statement in support of persecuted Serbian Church in Montenegro

July 10, 2019. Meeting at Valaam Monastery yesterday, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church issued a statement concerning the present persecution and legal threat against the Serbian Orthodox Church on the territory of Montenegro, reports Patriarchia.ru. In May, the Montenegrin Cabinet approved a draft law according to which, “All religious buildings that were property of the State of Montenegro before […]

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The church life of the faithful in Dubrovsko has been disturbed by the dispute over the ownership of their church in Media.

March 7, 2019 – A group of people, who present themselves as inhabitants of a village Dubrovsko in Šavnik Municipality, have publicly disputed the ownership of the St. George’s Church, situated in the above-mentioned village and has been a property of the Serbian Orthodox Church’s Diocese of Budimlja and Nikšić (“the Diocese”) for centuries; this incident disturbed the church life […]

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Current Challenges in Realizing the Freedom of Religion in Montenegro

March 18-20, 2019 – The Conference of European Churches had welcomed to Brussels the Delegation of the Diocese of Montenegro of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The issues discussed during their stay in Brussels were the current challenges in realizing the freedom of Religion in Montenegro, as well as the draft law on church-state relations (regarding property, registration and restitution). The […]

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Discriminatory distribution of budgetary resources to religious communities in Montenegro in 2018

January 22, 2019 – In 2018 the Montenegrin Ministry for Human and Minority Rights (“the Ministry”) had dedicated 200,000 Euros, from its budget to religious communities. The Islamic Community was paid 54,000 Euros, non-canonical Montenegrin Orthodox Church (“the MOC”) received 50,500 Euros, Roman Catholic Church 36,215 Euros and Jewish Community got 19,500 Euros. Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, presented by […]

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Minister for Human and Minority Rights of Montenegro publicly brought defamatory facts to cover discriminatory acts against the Serbian Orthodox Church.

January 18, 2019 – On 6 January 2019, on the Christmas Eve, the Montenegrin minister for human and minority rights, Mr Mehmed Zenka, gave an interview to the Montenegrin TV “Vijesti”, and stated that the Serbian Orthodox Church (“the SOC”) “was not ready to cooperate” with the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights (“the Ministry”) in preparation of the Draft […]

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