The news is out: [BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The leader of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, who often criticized Western policies toward Serbia and urged close relations with Slavic ally Russia, has died after testing positive for the coronavirus, the church said Friday. He was 90.
The patriarch was hospitalized with the virus early in November, soon after attending the funeral of the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, Bishop Amfilohije, who also died from complications caused by the COVID-19 infection.
Thousands of mourners, most of them without masks, gathered at the funeral in the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica, on Nov. 1, in violation of coronavirus-fighting measures proclaimed by the small Adriatic state’s authorities. The burial turned out to be a major coronavirus-spreading event, with several high ranking church officials and others who were there later testing positive.]
Coronavirus keeps pitching them, Jesus keeps striking out.