Metropolitan Amfilohije Detained in Podgorica

Metropolitan Amfilohije, the Serbian Orthodox Church’s top bishop in Montenegro, was detained by the country’s police for holding a prayer at the Zlatica monastery in the capital, Podgorica, on Sunday.

Media reported that Amfilohije was brought in by police with dozens of other priests and believers for violating the government’s ban on holding religious ceremonies during the COVID19 pandemic.

Police also detained priests from the Christ Resurrection Temple in Podgorica and the leader of the opposition Prava Crna Gora party, Marko Milacic, media reports.

The Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro condemned the police action on Sunday calling for the immediate release of Metropolitan Amfilohije. One of SPC’s top priests, Gojko Perovic, told the news agency MINA that is not “clear” why the police detained the Metropolitan.