Archbishop Jovan (John) VI

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The World Council of Churches condemned the imprisonment of Archbishop Jovan and the violation of the religious freedom of the Orthodox believers in R. Macedonia

Posted: Thursday, November 14th, 2013 @ 6:12 pm in General | Comments Off

The Tenth General Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) is taking place in Busan, South Korea, from 30 October to 8 November. Taking part in the assembly are 2.190 representatives of the topical Orthodox Churches, the Anglican and Protestant communities, as well as observers of the Roman-Catholic and other Churches that are […]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: our beloved brother, Archbishop Jovan is persecuted solely because of his adherence to the canonical Church

Posted: Sunday, October 13th, 2013 @ 6:37 pm in General | Comments Off

In his homily during the Divine Liturgy which he officiated during the celebration of 1700 years of the Edict of Milan, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew spoke of several burning issues for the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church.
Patriarch Bartholomew also indicated the persecution that is being performed against Archbishop Jovan of […]

The Assembly of Canonical Bishops of America urged the faithful to pray for the release of Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid

Posted: Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 @ 10:13 am in General | Comments Off

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America (, held its fourth annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Forty-three Bishops representing eleven Church jurisdictions were present at the meeting. At the end of the meeting, an official announcement was published.
During the Assembly, the Bishops devoted time also to the state persecution on religious […]

Stojan Andov: Archbishop Jovan is a political prisoner

Posted: Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 @ 7:08 am in General | Comments Off

The first President of the pluralistic Assembly of FYR Macedonia, Mr Stojan Andov is one more renowned FYR Macedonian politician who indicates to the domestic public that Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid is a political prisoner!
In his article for the weekly magazine “Fokus” (issue 935, 06.09.2013), Mr Stojan Andov stresses that serious warnings are being sent […]

First visit to Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid, in the Idrizovo prison

Posted: Friday, August 30th, 2013 @ 6:04 pm in General | Comments Off

On December 12, 2011, His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje was imprisoned in the Idrizovo prison, near Skopje.
After one year and almost nine months in a prison cell, Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid was for the first time given the opportunity for a one-time visit of his brothers Bishops of the Orthodox […]

The Economist: A bishop behind bars - Theology in Handcuffs

Posted: Sunday, July 28th, 2013 @ 5:30 pm in General | Comments Off

IN A recent posting, I noted that the European Union had put forward some detailed ideas about how religious freedom should be fostered outside its borders; and also that it still gave its own 28 members lots of leeway in handling church-state relations. That is not just a hypothetical point. Countries that aspire to […]

The Conference of European Churches urges Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski for immediate release of Archbishop Jovan!

Posted: Saturday, July 13th, 2013 @ 5:28 pm in General | Comments Off

The Assembly of CEC has learned with great concern about the arrest and detention of Archbishop Jovan in R. Macedonia. It is believed that his detention is a result of him exercising his human right of religious freedom. Reaffirming that freedom of religion and belief is a fundamental right guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of […]

FYRMacedonia Sentences Orthodox Archbishop To 3 Years Jail

Posted: Thursday, July 11th, 2013 @ 11:37 am in General | Comments Off

SKOPJE/BELGRADE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)– A FYR Macedonian court sentenced the archbishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) in Macedonia to three years in prison on what his denomination and activists called Wednesday, July 3, “false charges” of money laundering, while fourteen co-defendants received suspended jail terms.
Additionally Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid, also known as Zoran Vraniskovski, must handover […]

The Council of Bishops of the Serbian Church calls to free Archbishop Jovan VI of Ohrid

Posted: Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 @ 8:17 am in General | Comments Off

Belgrad, May 22, 2013
On the first day of its work, the council of Bishops of the Serbian Church has addressed all democratic institutions of Serbia and the whole world, calling upon them to help release Archbishop Jovan (Vraniskovski) of Ohrid, who is still detained in the Macedonian prison in Skopje.
Bishop Irenej of Backa who […]

US State Department International Religious Freedom Report for FYROMacedonia for 2012

Posted: Saturday, May 25th, 2013 @ 9:26 pm in General | Comments Off

The US State Department published its regular International Religious Freedom Report for 2012, for FYROMacedonia.
The US State Department in its latest report, among other issues, points out that members of other religious groups asserted that the government favored the MOC by granting it public properties free of charge, providing funding for the construction of new […]

Freedom House: FYROMacedonia continues the decline

Posted: Sunday, May 19th, 2013 @ 6:17 pm in General | Comments Off

In the latest Freedom House report on the freedom of the press, FYROMacedonia, after last year’s drastic fall of 19 places, continues the decline and now marks a fall of additional 5 places in the rankings, which sets it even further away from all other countries in the region, including Kosovo, Albania and Bosnia, with […]

The court process postponed again! The health state of Archbishop Jovan deteriorated!

Posted: Friday, May 3rd, 2013 @ 11:30 am in General | Comments Off

On April 26 the current year, the politically motivated court hearing against Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid, the rest of the Bishops, monastics and faithful people of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric, was once again postponed! The last court hearing of this process was held on December 11, last year, and since then, five months in a […] 16 months in prison

Posted: Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 @ 1:26 am in General | Comments Off

Today, 16 months have passed since His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje is being held in the prisons of FYROMacedonia.
And since we are not doing anything for this most worthy martyr Hierarch, who is praying while he is in chains for all of us, and even for those who are crucifying […]