November 20, 2011

60% of Serbs Vote For the Canonization of Patriarch Pavle

Amilios Polygenis
November 17, 2011

A poll for the canonization of the late Patriarch Pavle of Serbia was conducted by the Serbian News Agency on the occasion of two years since his repose.

According to the poll which was submitted to the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Church, 60% of Serbs said he should be declared a saint, 20% said no, and 20% said indifferent.

The Serbian Church stated that there should be no rush, even though according to the canons of the Serbian Church there is no time limit to begin the process of canonization.

Bishop Lawrence of Sabac in his response to the survey, responded saying: "Patriarch Pavle was one of the brightest personalities of contemporary times."

"None of us contemporaries can compete with his spirituality. We believe that some day the Church will rank him among the saints. Patriarch Pavle still lives in our hearts as a living member of the Church", added Bishop Lawrence.

It should be indicated that the late Patriarch of Serbia was Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church for 19 years.

Translated by John Sanidopoulos

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