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The Holy Synod Of Hierarchs Of The Church Of Greece Expressed A Severe Protest For An Emergent Release Of Archbishop Jovan From Prison, And For Respect Of The Religious Freedoms In The Republic Of Macedonia, As A Condition For Its European Perspective

Filed under: General — September 4, 2006 @ 1:03 pm


After the founding of the new Macedonian Government with the Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski at the head, the first protests against the imprisonment of Archbishop kyr kyr Jovan (John) VI, and against the state persecution of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Ohrid began to arrive.

In the Severe Protest, (http://www.ecclesia.gr/greeknews/default.asp?id=892) at the official Internet presentation of the Church of Greece, an emergent release of Archbishop kyr kyr Jovan (John) VI and respect of the freedom of religious beliefs of the ctizens, members of Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric have been demanded, as a condition for the European processes of integration.

A protest for Archbishop of Ohrid by the Synod 1/9/2006

On August 30, 2006, the Holy Synod has expressed a severe protest against the new unjustified persecution and imprisonment of Archbishop of Ohrid k.k. Jovan by the state authorities of Skopje.

Holy Synod in the suitable Announcement requires an emergent release of the Hierarch Jovan, thus stating the following: “disallowed behaviour of endless persecutions of the Canonical Archbishop Jovan, against whom charges deprived of logical and objective ground are constantly brought, for which the verdict of innocence has already been reached, and the deprivation of his personal freedom are a clear breaking of the human rights and impermissible deprivation of free practising of his duties as a religious Cleric; a fact making the integration of the state of Skopje not easier but more difficult, in the efforts for its European perspective.

In addition, this makes the following unstable: the necessaries for societal embodiment - prosperity and the progress of the state, also the confidence of the laymen – citizens, representing the Orthodox community of the lone internationally recognized and canonical orthodox Church, in the continuing and certain functioning of the law, thus causing a sharp and serious wound to the state inclinations for maintaining the legal system, for maintaining the human rights and freedom of the citizens, which represent a fact for leaving the European grants determined by the international law and agreed conventions…

Source: Informative Service of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric (www.poa-info.org)

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