On the second day of the visit, Metropolitan Hilarion met with Prime Minister of Montenegro Mr. Igor Luksic, where he once again repeated the position of the Russian Orthodox Church that in Montenegro one canonical Serbian Orthodox Church exist, which on the territory of Montenegro include the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral and the Diocese of Budimlje-Niksic, as well as partly Diocese of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and Mileseva.
Prime Minister Luksic emphasized that in Montenegro a vast majority of people lived that declared themselves as believers, which was confirmed by the last census, particularly the interest for faith was present among young people. He added that all that obligated also the state that respect the canonical structure of the Church, as well as he also expected that the Orthodox Church respect the structure of the state.
The head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk, came today in an official visit to the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral and the state of Montenegro.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received in an audience today at the Serbian Patriarchate Mr. Igor Luksic, Prime Minister of Montenegro. The reception was attended by the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church Their Graces Bishops - Irinej of Backa, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic and elected Bishop Jovan of Lipljan.