Amfilohije Radović

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Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral
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Metropolitan Amfilohije
Native name Амфилохије
Church Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocese Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral
Installed 1991
Personal details
Birth name Risto Radović
Born (1938-01-07) 7 January 1938 (age 77)
Bare Radovića, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Denomination Serbian Orthodox
Residence Cetinje Monastery
Alma mater Faculty of Theology of the University of Belgrade
University of Athens
Dmitry Medvedev receives the Order of St. Sava from Metropolitan Amfilohije.

Metropolitan Amfilohije (Amphilochius) (born January 7, 1938, as Risto Radović, Serbian Cyrillic: Ристо Радовић, pronounced [amfilɔ̌xijɛ râːdɔv̞itɕ]) is a Serbian Orthodox and current Metropolitan bishop of Montenegro and the Littoral.


Amfilohije was born Risto Radović (Ристо Радовић) in Bare Radovića in Lower Morača, Montenegro (then known as the Kingdom of Yugoslavia). He is a descendant of vojvoda and Montenegrin captain Mina Radović. He graduated from the Faculty of Theology in Belgrade in 1962. He also studied classical philosophy at the University of Belgrade.[1] He completed his postgraduate studies in Bern and Rome, and then moved to Greece where he lived for seven years, took monastic vows and worked as a hieromonk of the Greek Orthodox Church.[1] In Athens, he completed his doctoral thesis on Saint Gregory Palamas and earned a doctor of theology degree.[1] After spending one year at Mount Athos, he moved to Paris and worked as a professor at the St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute. In 1976 he became a docent and later professor of Orthodox catechesis at the Faculty of Theology in Belgrade. He is a honorary doctor of the Moscow Theological Academy since 2006 and of the Institute of Theology of the Belarusian State University since 2008.[1]

Named Bishop of Banat in 1985, he held the title until 1991. That year, he was picked to be the Metropolitan of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral, a position he holds to this day. On November 13, 2007, after Patriarch Pavle of Serbia (1914–2009) had been transferred to a clinical center due to his poor health, the Holy Synod of the SOC elected Radović to perform the duties of the Patriarch. Patriarch Pavle died on November 15, 2009, and Amfilohije continued his role as Guardian of the Throne. He ceased to perform that duty after the election of Bishop Irinej of Niš as the new Patriarch on January 22, 2010.

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