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No free society can agree to this scandalized arrest of Archbishop kyr kyr Jovan and persecution of the Orthodox Ohrid Archdiocese

Filed under: General — September 25, 2006 @ 12:37 am

Archimandrite Nektarios (Serfes) is staying on a two-day visit in Republic of Macedonia. Despite of having problems by the Macedonian police (his American passport was kept and examined at the police station, when entering our country), he speaks optimistically about better times, which are expected by the citizens of Republic of Macedonia.

Archimandrite Nektarios (Serfes) from American Archdiocese of the Patriarchate of Constantinople is familiar to the Macedonian public with his recent statement, given by a telephone call for “Channel 5”, TV from the USA.

He, as “Channel 5” broadcast (News, 05.09.2006), compares the arrest of Archbishop kyr kyr Jovan with the atmosphere in the former communist block.

“We are talking about a God’s man who serves the Church and this is a scandal for many people in the world, including America; putting an Archbishop in prison. We have not heard of such a thing. We heard of such things at the times of communism in Russia and other communist countries”, declared Archimandrite Nektarios.

“Channel 5” added: “Nektarios is asking the Macedonian authorities to allow registration of the Jovan’s church. Thus, he is sending his appeal to the new elected Prime Minister, expecting him to solve this question”.

During the short breaks among his working arrangements and the visit of our rich cultural and historical heritage, we spoke to father Nektarios very shortly.

Father, how do you see the situation with the arrest of Archbishop kyr kyr Jovan and the persecution of the Orthodox Ohrid Archdiocese?

I find the matter of persecution against Archbishop Jovan and his Archdiocese, especially by the authorities, unfair because they cannot find any truths about his second arrest. No free society can agree to this scandalized arrest of Archbishop kyr kyr Jovan, and therefore the question remains, when the Government will begin to realize that the need is now that Archbishop kyr kyr Jovan and his autonomous Archdiocese deserve and should be granted religious rights to exist and proceed as a free Orthodox Church.

No society can be a free society when it persecutes and discourages religious worship.

Please, give our faithful from Orthodox Ohrid Archdiocese, Your pastoral message.

We should love our God, and each other, even those who hate us. We are and shall remain united with each other through living prayer, fasting and the chalice. Through the prayers of the Mother of God and Sts. Clement and Naum our God will preserve all, and never abandon you because He hears your prayers and loves you!

Tell us shortly about orthodoxy in the USA.

By the Grace of God, Holy orthodoxy is growing, for there is a spiritual thirst for it. Monastic life, as well as the number of churches, monasteries, for both men and women are growing. More outreach is being done for the needs of the faithful and for the sister churches, both within America and abroad. Orthodoxy now has to be prepared to satisfy these needs and remain ever faithful to its truth.

During his short stay in Republic of Macedonia, Archimandrite Nektarios (Serfes), on September 19, 2006 gave a statement for the news of the TV houses, “Channel 5” and “Sitel”.
The discriminating attitude by the Macedonian police is obvious from the supplement by the “Sitel TV”’s journalist Mr. Marjan Nikolovski, who pointed out that, when entering Republic of Macedonia, “Macedonian authorities kept the American citizen father Nektarios (Serfes) for 15 minutes, after which he was allowed to enter”.
On that occasion, Archimandrite Nektarios made an appeal to the Republic of Macedonia and Macedonian Orthodox Church, which is in doctrine and Eucharist disunity with other sister orthodox churches, to give religious freedom and registration of Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric.
The “Sitel” TV’s comment ended with honest intentions of this American citizen that Republic of Macedonia, on its way to Europe will realize the need of respecting religious freedoms.

Source: Informative service of the Orthodox Ohrid Archdiocese

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