Montenegro: Patriarch and Metropolitan’s condolences for mass shooting in Cetinje

Cetinje, Montenegro, August 15, 2022

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The deadliest shooting in Montenegrin history left at least 11 people dead, including 2 children on Friday. Another 6 were also injured when a Cetinje man opened fire on a family living in his house as tenants and then began shooting indiscriminately outside.

The shooter himself was also shot dead. Three days of mourning have been declared throughout the country.

His Holiness Patriarch Porfirije issued a statement of condolences on Friday:

On the occasion of the great tragedy that occurred today, August 12, 2022, in Cetinje, in which 11 people, including children lost their lives, we offer our sincerest condolences to the families of the victims, the Prime Minister and government of Montenegro, and to all residents of Cetinje and Montenegro.

Today we pray that the Risen Lord Christ will grant rest in His Kingdom to the souls of all the innocent victims of Cetinje. We also pray for the families and relatives of the victims, that the Lord might send them comfort and strength to endure these difficult days of suffering with faith and hope in the universal resurrection, which Christ gave to every person by His Resurrection. May the Lord, through the prayers of St. Peter the Wonderworker of Cetinje, grant strength and speedy recovery to all those who were seriously wounded today in Cetinje.

His Eminence Metropolitan Joanikije of Montenegro issued his own statement:

Today’s tragic event has shaken both Heaven and earth. None are indifferent to the thought that our neighbors have suffered. We express our deepest sympathy to the families and relatives and all our fellow citizens in Cetinje over the unprecedented tragedy that occurred in the homes of our dear and close neighbors.

May the Lord grant rest to the souls of all the dead and preserve the lives of the wounded, and give strength to the mourners at this difficult moment.

We kneel before the relics of St. Peter the Wonderworker of Cetinje with a prayer that this tragedy might never happen again anywhere else and that fraternal harmony and peace might return to us!

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