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Serbian Orthodox delegation meets with Pope

January 19, 2016

Pope Francis met with a delegation from the Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate on January 16.

According to a Serbian television news report, the patriarchate’s delegation expressed opposition to the possible canonization of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac (1898-1960), a Croatian prelate whom St. John Paul II beatified as a martyr in 1998.

The delegation also said that Patriarch Irinej would not object to a papal visit to Serbia in his capacity as head of state but that “other forms of his visit require the green light of the Moscow Patriarchate,” according to the report.

Serbia, a nation of 7.2 million people, is 85% Orthodox, 6% Catholic, and 3% Muslim.

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