CROWN PRINCE ALEXANDER AND CROWN PRINCESS
KATHERINE ATTEND FUNERAL OF HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH PAVLE
Belgrade, 19 November 2009 – His Holiness,
Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovac,
Patriarch Pavle of Serbia was laid to rest today in Belgrade.
His Holiness Patriarch Pavle’s funeral was attended by
Metropolitans and Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The funeral of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle
was attended by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander
II, Crown Princess Katherine, Prince Vladimir and Princess
Brigitta, Princess Elizabeth, leaders of all the major Churches
in Serbia, representatives of other Orthodox Churches and
clergy, high delegation of the Holy See, political leaders,
members of the Crown Council, and hundreds of thousands of
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of
Montenegro and the Littorals and His All-Holiness Ecumenical
Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople together with all the
Metropolitans and Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church
officiated the funeral service in front of Saint Sava Cathedral
in Belgrade at 11 a.m. Before that, remains of His Holiness
Patriarch Pavle were in a procession from the Cathedral of St.
Michael the Archangel where they were for the last three days.
The funeral service in front of Saint Sava Cathedral was
attended by H.E. Mr. Boris Tadic, President of Serbia, H.E.
Slavica Djukic Dejanovic, Speaker of the Parliament, H.E. Mr.
Mirko Cvetkovic, Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Ivica Dacic First
deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.E. Mr.
Bozidar Djelic, Deputy Prime Minister for European integrations,
H.E. Mr. Mladjan Dinkic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
Economy and regional development, H.E. Ms. Diana Dragutinovic,
Minister of finance, H.E. Mr. Zarko Obradovic, Minister of
education, Mr. Dragan Djilas, Mayor of Belgrade, Mr. Zoran
Alimpic, Deputy president of the City Assembly of Belgrade.
Speaking during the funeral service, the
guardian of the Patriarch Throne of the Serbian Orthodox Church,
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the
Littorals said: “This sadness is not just sadness over the loss
of someone who was extremely dear to us, but it is sadness mixed
with joy, because we know that he will remain among us.
Patriarch was one of those people who even having passed away
would not vanish, but rather someone whose presence will be even
more intense. The words of Patriarch Pavle were soft, but his
arguments were strong. The strongest argument was his life.”
Addressing the clergy and the faithful, and
many distinguished guests from neighbouring countries and all
across the world, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch
Bartholomew I of Constantinople said: “The angel of Belgrade’s
Church has risen to the Heavens. He encompassed the honesty of
David, wisdom of Solomon, and goodness of Moses. Rest in peace
in God until the eternal resurrection”.
In his speech His Excellency President Boris
Tadic of Serbia emphasized: “On behalf of all citizens of
Serbia, I would like to thank all who came today to pay respects
to our Patriarch. Please allow me to remind you of his words and
his deeds, which carried the message that we should always be
humane and to respond with goodness to any evil deeds”.
According to his request His Holiness
Patriarch Pavle was buried in the Monastery Rakovica, a Belgrade