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Archbishop of Peć, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovci, and Serbian Patriarch
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Patriarch Irinej in 2012
Native name
ChurchSerbian Orthodox Church
Installed23 January 2010
Term ended20 November 2020
Personal details
Birth nameMiroslav Gavrilović
Born(1930-08-28)28 August 1930
Vidova, Čačak, Drina Banovina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
Died20 November 2020(2020-11-20) (aged 90)
Belgrade, Serbia
DenominationEastern Orthodoxy
SignatureIrinej's signature
Irinej (Serbian Cyrillic: Иринеј, pronounced , English: Irenaeus; born Miroslav Gavrilović, 28 August 1930 – 20 November 2020) was the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church from 2010 until his death in 2020. He was first the bishop of Niš between 1975 and 2010, and then the patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church from 22 January 2010 succeeding Pavle, until his death.
Irinej's full title was His Holiness the Archbishop of Peć, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovci, and Serbian Patriarch.
1 Early life
2 Bishop of Niš (1975–2010)
3 Patriarch
4 Health and death
5 Awards and honours
6 References
7 External links
Early life
Irinej was born as Miroslav Gavrilović (pronounced ; Serbian Cyrillic: Мирослав Гавриловић) in Vidova near Čačak, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (now Serbia). After graduating from high school, he enrolled and completed the Serbian Orthodox Seminary of Prizren. He then enrolled at the University of Belgrade's Theological Faculty and served in the army after graduating. After military service, he was tonsured a monk in 1959 in Rakovica monastery, receiving the monastic name of Irinej (from Ancient Greek: Εἰρηναῖος, Ancient Greek: ; Irenaeus). He was a professor at the Prizren Seminary, and completed postgraduate studies in Athens. In 1969, he was appointed a head of the monastic school at Ostrog monastery. He later returned to Prizren, where he was appointed Rector of the Prizren Seminary in 1969.
Bishop of Niš (1975–2010)
In May 1974, Irinej was elected vicar bishop of Moravica and consecrated by Serbian Patriarch German.
In May 1975, he was elected bishop of Niš and enthroned in the Holy Trinity Cathedral (in Niš) on 15 June 1975. Irinej headed the Niš eparchy for 35 years.
Styles of
Serbian Patriarch Irinej
Reference styleHis Holiness
Spoken styleYour Holiness
Religious stylePatriarch
On 22 January 2010, he was elected Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, after the death of previous patriarch, Pavle. He was one of the three candidates with the most votes from the 45 bishops eligible in the Serbian Orthodox Church, along with former locum tenens (interim leader) Amfilohije Radović and Irinej Bulović. In the final phase, his name was pulled from a sealed envelope. In this way, the Serbian Orthodox Church believes the patriarch is elected by divine intervention, sidelining human interests. He was enthroned on 23 January 2010 in Belgrade's St. Michael's Cathedral. Irinej was formally enthroned to the ancient throne of the Serbian patriarch in the Patriarchal Monastery of Peć on 3 October 2010.
On 28 January 2010, at his first news conference, Irinej stated that "Islam’s philosophy was that Muslims, when they are in small numbers, can behave well and be fair, but that once they become superior, they start to exert pressure." The Islamic Community of Serbia (IZS) said that it found the remarks to be "insulting Islam" and responded with a letter to the Serbian Orthodox Church requesting an official interpretation of his statement. The Islamic Community in Serbia (IZS) condemned what they called "insulting and false accusations".
On 4 October 2010, Patriarch Irinej said that international recognition of Kosovo was a "sin".
On 10 November 2010, Irinej stated in an interview that "the Drina River is not a border but a bridge that connects us. Although, in a way, we are one even today, God willing, we will soon really be one." Irinej elaborated that for now "it is enough that we are one as a nation, as the Orthodox Church, and that we are on the same path of St. Sava and Christ." He praised the Serbs of Banja Luka stating that " to preserve the Serb name. Although this is not at all an easy task, they are succeeding."
On 15 December 2011, Irinej was decorated by Prince David Bagration of Georgia with The Grand Collar of The Order of the Eagle of Georgia and The Seamless Tunic of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Irinej was considered, both abroad and at home, as a moderate traditionalist, open to global inter-religious dialogue. In an interview, Irinej indicated he would not oppose the first-ever visit by the Roman Catholic pope to Serbia in 2013 as part of celebrations of the 1,700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, the law under which Roman emperor Constantine I, who was born in Niš, ended the persecution of Christians. Irinej said that "there is the wish of the Pope" for a meeting in Niš and that it would be a chance "not just for a meeting, but for a dialogue".
Regarding the accession of Serbia to the European Union, Irinej said that: "Serbia should not look with suspicion at the EU, if the EU respects the Serbian identity, culture and religion. We believe that we are an historical part of Europe, and we want to be in this comity of nations. In the accession we will accept everything, that is not in contradiction with our cultural and historical identity."
In January 2012, Irinej referred to Republika Srpska, one of two entities comprising Bosnia and Herzegovina, as "the youngest Serbian state". The Office of the High Representative (OHR) responded and stated that the Republika Srpska is not a state but rather an entity within Bosnia and Herzegovina. The OHR noted that Bosnia and Herzegovina's Constitution "left no room for any kind of the entity’s sovereignty" and that "the entity’s jurisdiction was not an indication of any sort of statehood."
In January 2013, Irinej openly advocated for the restoration of the Serbian monarchy, after the liturgy commemorating the transfer of the remains of King Peter II to Serbia from the United States.
Health and death
On 4 November 2020, Irinej tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the 1 November funeral of Metropolitan Amfilohije, who died from COVID-19. The large crowds in Amfilohije's funeral did not practice social distancing or wear masks. On 19 November, he was intubated. Some media reported that Irinej had died; the Serbian Orthodox Church issued a statement refuting these claims, but said that Irinej was in worsening health at a military hospital in Belgrade.
Irinej died on 20 November at 7:07 a.m. CET. His funeral will be on 22 Novembar at the Church of Saint Sava in Belgrade.
Awards and honours
Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Karađorđe, Karađorđević dynasty
Grand Collar of the Order of the Eagle of Georgia, Bagrationi dynasty
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