Amfilohije Radović (7 January 1938 – 30 October 2020) was a bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church, theologian, university professor, author and translator. He was the metropolitan bishop of Montenegro and the Littoral from 1990, until his death. As the primate of the Serb Orthodox Church in Montenegro, he was one of the most influential leaders in the Serbian Church.
About Amfilohije Radović in brief
Amfilohije Radović (7 January 1938 – 30 October 2020) was a bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church, theologian, university professor, author and translator. He was the metropolitan bishop of Montenegro and the Littoral from 1990, until his death. As the primate of the Serb Orthodox Church in Montenegro, he was one of the most influential leaders in the Serbian Church. His bibliography consists of more than 1,000 items and his selected works were published in 36 volumes. He spoke Greek, Russian, Italian, German, French and used Old Greek, Latin and Old Church Slavonic. During the late 1980s, he engaged in anti-Catholic propaganda and accused the Roman Catholic Church and Croats of endangering Serbs within Croatia. In 1990, he became a candidate for Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church. A week before political elections in Serbia, on 6 December 1990 Serbian President Slobodan Milošević attempted to get control of the SOC through supporting his preferred candidates such as AmfilohIJe for patriarch. He did not succeed in getting many votes and as such did not make the final shortlist of candidates for the role. In December 1990, AmfilOHije was elected to succeed him as Metropolitan of the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral. He died at his home in Matija, Montenegro in October 2020. His funeral was held at St. Matija Church in Bećkovi, Novak Kilibarda and Karadžić Karadzija in Montenegrin capital, Podgorica.
He is survived by his wife, two children and a step-grandchild. He had a son and two step-great-grandchildren. His great-grandson is Serbian Orthodox Archbishop of Cetinje, Aleksandar Kuznetsov, who served as the Archbishop of Monaco and Montenegro until his death in 2010. He also had a daughter and a son-in-law, both of whom served in the Montenegrin parliament. He has a grandson and a great- grandson who are both serving as members of the Montenegro Assembly of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Serbia and Montenegro. His grandson is Montenegrin politician and former Prime Minister Aleksander Kuznets, who was also a member of the Assembly of Theological Council of Serbia and the Ministry of Culture of the Serbs of Serbia. He was a descendant of voivode Mina Radović who participated in the unification of the Morača tribe with the Principality of MontenegRO in 1820. He studied at St Sava’s Seminary and graduated from the Faculty of Theology in 1962 in Belgrade, which at the time was a part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. 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 was a docent and later professor of Orthodox catechesis at the University of Belgrade.