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Faithful Respecting COVID-19 Rules Flocked to an Orthodox Monastery in Montenegro (Photos)

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Believers wearing a mask against the spread of the new coronaviru wait in a queue in front of the Christian Orthodox monastery of Ostrog, 30 kilometers northwest of the Montenegrin capital Podgorica, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

OSTROG MONASTERY, Montenegro — Police say hundreds of people who have flocked to a monastery in western Montenegro have respected rules for the coronavirus.

The visitors stood in two rows to keep distance and were offered face masks and hand sanitizers.

The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, Bishop Amfilohije, held a service to mark the day of St. Basil, the patron saint of the Ostrog monastery.

The remains of St. Basil are kept in a small, remote church at the monastery situated high on a narrow cliff. The complex is a pilgrimage site for Orthodox Christian believers.

A country of some 620,000 people, Montenegro has reported nine deaths from the coronavirus and 324 infected.

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A priest perform during a religious ceremony in front of the remains of St Basil in the Christian Orthodox monastery of Ostrog, 30 kilometers northwest of the Montenegrin capital Podgorica, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

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Believers wearing a mask against the spread of the new coronaviru wait in a queue in front of the Christian Orthodox monastery of Ostrog, 30 kilometers northwest of the Montenegrin capital Podgorica, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

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Believers wait in front of the Christian Orthodox monastery of Ostrog, 30 kilometers northwest of the Montenegrin capital Podgorica, May 12, 2020. AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

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Nuns watch believers in a queue in front of the Christian Orthodox monastery of Ostrog, 30 kilometers northwest of the Montenegrin capital Podgorica, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

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Believers wearing a mask against the spread of the new coronaviru wait in a queue in front of the Christian Orthodox monastery of Ostrog, 30 kilometers northwest of the Montenegrin capital Podgorica, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)