Rome Newsroom, Oct 14, 2022 / 03:46 am
During a personal meeting with Pope Francis on Oct. 10, the prime minister of Montenegro proposed that an eventual meeting between Pope Francis and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow could take place in his country.
Speaking with CNA on Oct. 11, Dritan Abazović noted that “we are a tiny and peaceful country with no political pretension. We do not have big economy in competition with other countries. We are an Orthodox country, but we are filled with a spirit of dialogue. So, we can be the country where the pope can organize important meetings with other global religious leaders.”
Abazović said: “I invited the pope to visit Montenegro, and I hinted to the pope that Montenegro, if he agrees with that, might be the right place to try to arrange the meeting with the Patriarch of Moscow Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Orthodox Church, in Montenegro.”
In 2020, there were rumors about a possible papal visit to Montenegro. This would have been a stopover during the trip to Cyprus and Greece. However, the journey to Cyprus and Greece took place in 2021 and did not include a visit to Montenegro.