Pope accepts renunciation of Kotor’s bishop


The Holy See press office announced on September 28th that the Holy Father had accepted a resignation from the service of Bishop of Kotor, of Msgr. Ilija Janjić due to his age.

It was also announced that the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Kotor for the time is to be the Archbishop of Bar, Msgr. Rrok Gjonlleshaj.

Bishop Janjić was born on September 20th 1944. in Vidovice. He attended primary school in his hometown and Orašje. From 1959. to 1963. he was educated at the seminary in Pazin and then moved to Dubrovnik. He finished his theology school in Split, where in 1969. in the St. Cross church, he was ordained a priest. In addition to the services of the parish priest, he was also the spiritual director of the Seminary in Split.

He was appointed bishop of the diocese of Kotor on March 11th 1996., and consecrated on April 27th, the same year, in the church of St. Tryphon in Kotor.

When he turned 75, which is the canonical retirement age of a bishop, according to the Code of Canon Law, he sent a letter to the Pope in which he made his service available, which ceases only when the Holy Father accepts it, which was the case here.