July 10, 2012

Podgorica, President Vujanović received the Metropolitan of Montenegrin Orthodox Church
The President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović received today the Metropolitan of Montenegrin Orthodox Church Mihailo and delegation of this church, writer Novak Kilibarda, historian Novak Adžić and lawyer Željko Tomović.

Metropolitan Mihailo and delegation members expressed their expectation that the state would pay more respect to the Montenegrin Orthodox Church in all the aspects of its activity and particularly in relation to its property status.

Respecting the believers of Montenegrin Orthodox Church and dedication of this church to the interests of Montenegro, the President expressed his publicly known position that secular character of the state of Montenegro obliges to respect separate activity of state and church, canonical hierarchy and full freedom of religion. In respect of the church property the President pointed to the Constitution of Montenegro, which was founded on the principle of recognition and protection of right to ownership as basic legal and economic value of modern states and rights. He emphasized the need and expectation that the principle would be respected as well as the fact that ownership relations may not be changed contrary to this constitutional principle.

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