Archbishop Jovan (John) VI

Stop the terror, persecution
and discrimination on religious grounds
conducted by the Government of FYROMacedonia!

A Letter to the Prime Minister of FYROMacedonia from the Archbishop Jovan Fund USA

Filed under: General — June 11, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

The Archbishop Jovan Fund USA
Very Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes, President
2618 West Bannock Street
Boise, Idaho 83702

7 June 2012

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski
Bul Illinen bb
1000 Skopje
Republic of Macedonia FYROM

Dear Mr. Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski,

Humbly I greet you with the peace and love of our Lord God and I pray all is well with you!

I am at this hour addressing you Mr. Prime Minister, and to the Good citizens of your beloved country.

I place before you and to all the good citizens of your country on my behalf and many, many other concerned Americans that you reconsider the sixth sentence imposed on His Beatitude, Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid, Metropolitan of Skopje, and release him immediately.

I write this appeal not only as President of the Archbishop Jovan Fund USA, but also as a simple Orthodox Christian who grows increasingly concerned at the unfortunate message sent out to all the world when Christians persecute other Christians over disputes involving territorial jurisdictions.

Archbishop Jovan as you know has now been sentenced to jail for two and half years as of 11 May 2012 and has been in jail since 12 December 2011, as well as fined by the courts of $250,000.00 ($300,000.00 Euros). After the sentenced of the Archbishop constant apprehension and persecution of his fellow bishops, priest, monks, nuns, and family members are on a daily basis, which we are aware of this persecution in the free world.

Christians perhaps more than any other people, should insist on religious freedom and should honor each individual’s human rights as even stated in the Framework Agreement of your country of the FYROM: “The right to express one’s faith freely and publicly, individually or with others is guaranteed” Article 19, No. (2).

It would be honorable of you with your grand influence to refrain from further accusations against the Venerable and Respected Archbishop Jovan who continues his imprisonment as a consequence of the disputed accusations already made against him for the sixth time. I beseech you to release him and to seek a more appropriate way to settle the issues and questions that have led to his imprisonment. It is unseemly for an pastor to be treated as a criminal because he attempted to minister to his flock as best he understood the need to do.

It is also a violation of many persons’ human rights to deprive them of their choice of worship within the Serbian Orthodox Church under the Patriarchate of His Holiness, Patriarch Irinej, even if these persons are citizens of FYROM, or some other nation which has a national church of its own. God respects all nations but He does not draw national borders; He sees each individual soul regardless of nationality and He holds accountable the intention within each individual heart.

Please heed this humble appeal I make to you on behalf of all concerned Christians: restore to the honorable Archbishop Jovan his freedom to serve God in accord with his conscience and vows. Restore to him his cassock, his cross, his Panagia, and his Holy Gospel as well as allow proper medical treatment for him either by your local physicians, or a representative physician of NATO.

We in the West are fully aware that the physical health of Archbishop is not good, and we have seen on you tube views of him (from the internet) recently in addition to photographs and are concerned for his health. Provide us with public information that the Archbishop health has improved.

At the same hour it would as well be very honorable that the Archdiocese of Archbishop Jovan has the right to exist as a free, practicing, religion within FYROM.

Please make use of your good offices to have Archbishop Jovan released immediately and free his faithful from daily persecution.

May God bless you and guide you in accordance with His Wisdom and its Church with His loving Hand! May God grant His peace to all nations.

Humbly in Christ our Lord,

+Very Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
President of the Archbishop Jovan Fund USA

Parish priest Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church,
Boise, Idaho

+Archpriest Victor Potapov
First Vice President

St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church
Washington, D.C.

+Hieromonk Damascene
Second Vice President

St. Herman of Alaska Serbian Orthodox Monastery
Platina, California

+Hieromonk Pasius

St. Herman of Alaska Serbian Orthodox Monastery
Platina, California

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