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Catholics and Orthodox in Sutomore

The Church of St. Tekla in Sutomore, hosting both a catholic and an orthodox altar The Church of St. Tekla in Sutomore, hosting both a catholic and an orthodox altar The Church of St. Tekla in Sutomore, hosting both a catholic and an orthodox altar
The Church of St. Tekla in Sutomore, hosting both a catholic and an orthodox altar

Not far from Bar, close to Sutomore, one finds the church of St. Tekla. The small church has two altars, one Catholic, the other Orthodox.

There are other such churches in the area. The Catholic explanation for the two altars is as follows: Catholic settlements at the coast sometimes took in orthodox villagers from the hinterland who fled attacks, and then allowed them to practice their religion in one of their churches. Orthodox priests see it differently and claim that these were originally orthodox churches.

Despite different views about the origins of these churches priests of both faiths still have the key for St. Tekla. Both Catholic and Orthodox mass is read in this little church. In front of it one also finds a mixed graveyard.

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