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Serbian Orthodox Church Head Hospitalized For COVID-19 One Month After Predecessor Died

Bishop Hrizostom conducting a Christmas service in Sarajevo on January 7

The acting head of the Serbian Orthodox Church was hospitalized on December 4 after testing positive for the coronavirus, the church’s information service said.

Bishop Hrizostom was admitted to a hospital in the nation’s capital, Belgrade, it said. The church did not release information about the condition of the 68-year-old.

Hrizostom became interim leader of the church after Patriarch Irinej died of COVID-19 last month. Hrizostom presided over the funeral services of Irinej, who was 90 years old.

Metropolitan Amfilohije, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, died of COVID-19 in October.

Irinej led the funeral services for Amfilohije.