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Serbian Orthodox Church picks new patriach

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The Serbian Orthodox Church has elected a new patriarch.

Bishop Irinej of Nis, Serbia’s third-largest city was chosen for the role in a secret ballot late on Friday.

The 80-year-old beat two more hardline candidates to the post.

Seen as a moderate and a moderniser, Gavrilovica has hinted at improving relations with the Roman Catholic Church, which have been strained for years.

He takes over the late Patriach Pavle, who died in November at the age of 95.

Irinej officially took up the position on Saturday.

The Serbian Orthodox Church has around 11 million members worldwide, seven million of which live in Serbia.