Yesterday His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle, together with the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops, received His Excellency Archbishop Eugenio Sbarbaro, the papal nuncio in Belgrade.
Archbishop Sbarbaro conveyed to Patriarch Pavle the solidarity of the Holy See with the imprisoned Archbishop of Ochrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, Kyr Jovan, and the whole Serbian Orthodox Church. At the same time, Monsignor Sbarbaro conveyed the message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI that he will intervene with the senior officials of the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for the urgent release of Archbishop Jovan. In supporting the release of the imprisoned Archbishop, Pope Benedict XVI is supporting fundamental human rights which are, at the same time, generally accepted Christian values, among which freedom of faith and conscience has a special place, emphasized the ambassador of the Holy See in Belgrade.
His Grace Bishop Justin of Timok, speaking on behalf of the diocese he heads, asked Archbishop Sbarbaro to convey to Pope Benedict XVI the gratitude of the Diocese of Timok for the significant aid sent to the Medical Center in Bor.
The collocutors emphasized the importance of further dialogue and cooperation between the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church, which will contribute to the challenges confronting today’s world being met with a responsible and authentic Christian reaction.