HOLY SYNOD PROTESTS ENERGETICALLY AGAINST IMPRISONMENT OF ARCHBISHOP JOVAN OF OCHRID AND METROPOLITAN OF SKOPJE
The Holy Synod of the Hellenic Church received official notification today regarding the new imprisonment of His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan of Ochrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, and expresses its energetic protest against this decision of the Government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which represents a threat to the democratic rights of every free citizen.
This unacceptable treatment of the canonical Archbishop Kyr Jovan is a clear violation of human rights and inexcusable deprivation of a member of the church of his right to freely carry out his duties. Among other things, this further complicates the conformity of the Skopje state to the demands of its European future.
We pray and we desire that the aforementioned Archpriest be immediately released, and that canonical church order be completely established in our neighboring country.