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Serbia’s Orthodox patriarch dies

Published 16/11/2009

Patriarch Pavle, who led Serbia's Christian Orthodox Church through its post-Communist revival and called for peace and conciliation during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s but failed to openly condemn Serb nationalism, died yesterday.

He was 95. Pavle was a respected theologian and linguist known for personal humility and modesty.

The seven-million member church said its highest body, the Holy Synod, could announce today when Pavle's successor will be chosen.

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