Patriarch Irinej (Dies At 90) Biography: Wiki, Age, Health Condition, Death Cause

Who is Patriarch Irinej? Patriarch Irinej Bio/Wiki

From 2010 until his death in 2020, Patriarch Irinej was the head of the Serb Orthodox Church. He was born on 28 August 1930 in the Serbian Orthodox Church.

He was first Bishop of Nis between 1975 and 2010, then from 22 January 2010, Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, succeeding Pavle, until his death.


He was 90 years old.

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The full title of Irinej was His Holiness the Archbishop of Peć, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovci, and Serbian Patriarch. Irinej was elected vicar of Moravica in May 1974 and consecrated by the Serbian German Patriarch.

He was elected Bishop of Niš in May 1975 and inducted into the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (in Niš) on 15 June 1975. For 35 years, Irinej led the Niš eparchy.

In January 2012, Irinej referred to the youngest Serbian state as Republika Srpska, one of two entities comprising Bosnia and Herzegovina. In response, the Office of the High Representative (OHR) stated that the Republika Srpska is not a state but an agency within Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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In January 2013, after the liturgy commemorating the relocation of the remains of King Peter II to Serbia from the United States, Irinej publicly supported the restoration of the Serbian monarchy.

Health Condition


On 4 November 2020, after attending the 1 November funeral of Metropolitan Amfilohije, who died of COVID-19, Irinej tested positive for COVID-19. The huge crowds did not practice social distancing or wear masks at Amfilohije’s funeral. He became intubated on 19 November.

Some media claimed that Irinej had died; a statement refuting these claims was released by the Serbian Orthodox Church but said that Irinej was in a deteriorating state of health at a Belgrade military hospital.

Death Cause

Irinej died at 7:07 a.m. (Central European Time) on 20 November. After contracting coronavirus, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church died, the country’s President, Aleksander Vucic, said Friday.

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