Selaković with Metropolitan Sawa on Serbian-Polish ties

11. Jun 2021.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Nikola Selaković, met today in Warsaw with the Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland.

Selaković conveyed the greetings of the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, and the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Porfirije, to the Metropolitan, and invited him to visit Belgrade and the completed Temple of Saint Sava, which he had the opportunity to see while it was under construction.

As he said in the conversation, Metropolitan Sawa joined the clergy in the Rakovica Monastery, where he took his monastic name, after the great Serbian saint, Saint Sava.

Minister Selaković pointed out that Metropolitan Sawa belongs to Serbia, and not only to Poland, to which his interlocutor replied that he was a Serb and had a Serbian name, and that Serbia was his second state.

Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland was born in 1938 in Śniatycze in northeastern Poland as Michał Hrycuniak.

He completed his doctoral studies in Belgrade in 1966 and received the title of Doctor of Theology, and in the same year, before the Serbian Patriarch Herman, he joined the clergy in the monastery of Rakovica.

Since his election, Metropolitan Sawa has used every opportunity to speak about his strong ties with Serbia and the Serbian Orthodox Church, and he proudly emphasizes his stay at the studies in Serbia.

During and after the bombing in 1999, he mentioned the sufferings of the Serbian people in his sermons, especially in Kosovo and Metohija, and held memorials, and in the Orthodox churches in Poland, aid was collected for the victims of the 2014 floods in Serbia.