Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Montenegrin Prime Minister to Resolve Church Land Issues

The new Prime Minister of Montenegro, Igor Lukšić, has committed his government to resolving the land issues surrounding the Metropolitanate of Cetinje of the Serbian Orthodox Church in his country. Claims against its churches and monasteries by a schismatic Montenegrin Orthodox Church, properties alienated from the Church under the Yugoslav Communist government, and local court rulings changing property ownership from being in the name of the Cetinje Metropolitanate to being in the names of local parish and monastery associations have all troubled the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro in recent years, especially since Montenegro's independence from Yugoslavia in 2006. More here.

Pictured is the Monastery of St. Peter of Cetinje in Cetinje, Montenegro, which serves as the seat of the canonical Montenegrin Orthodox Church.

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