A mourner pays her respects over the coffin of Serbia’s late Patriarch Irinej, who died of COVID-19, during funeral rites at Belgrade’s St Sava temple, in Belgrade, Serbia [Marko Djurica/Reuters]

Hundreds of people have gathered for the funeral of Patriarch Irinej, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church who died at the age of 90 after contracting COVID-19.

The ceremony took place on Sunday at the church of Saint Sava in the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

Due to coronavirus-related restrictions, most mourners watched the rituals on a screen outside the church, while Irinej’s relatives, clergy and dignitaries, including President Aleksandar Vucic and Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of Bosnia’s Presidency, were allowed inside.

Most members of the clergy performing funeral rites in the church

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