Archbishop Jovan (John) VI

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

Orthodox Archbishop Jovan seriously ill & subjected physical abuse FYROM prison

Filed under: General — April 28, 2012 @ 11:48 am

Urgent press release from the Archbishop Jovan Fund USA
+The Very Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes, President

Beloved in our Risen Lord,

Christos Anesti!

During these holy Paschal days I look deep into my heart and ask where is the love and the honorable respect that is due to His Eminence, Metropolitan & Archbishop Jovan of Skopje? These days have brought the Archbishop to great hardship and struggles why he remains in jail as a criminal in which he is innocent as well as his diocese has the right to exist as a diocese.

The cruel matter is currently getting out of line when it comes to the actual defense of the Archbishop as now as I earlier worried and had been greatly concerned is the health of the Archbishop! Well we have come to the point in time where is health is beginning to greatly have a toll on him. Not only his health, but now we are hearing in which I believe is happening that no information can or will be given about the current health conditions of the Archbishop! Every humanitarian rule in the books of freedom of any individual has been truly violated at this point in time.

Not only is the health of the Archbishop a great concern for us all Orthodox Christians throughout the world it should be a grave concern for the fact no human being should be treated as the Archbishop is being treated at this hour.

The proceedings of the court as well are not being understandable or open to any given circumstance even when it comes to the health of the Archbishop? The determination of the court seems to make sure the Archbishop remains in jail through the influences of the current Macedonian Orthodox Church! Why I indicate this matter is because earlier when at a forced court hearing session was in order ten Macedonian Orthodox clergy where present on April 9th which was Holy Monday! Thanks to God up until this time the Archbishop has survived, but with his current health problems we should continue every possible effect to appeal for his release now today!

No person should as well have a trial without his own presence or his lawyer in which because of the current health problems of the Archbishop in which the court wants to appoint its own lawyer! This in itself is not proper procedure for anyone!

Finally no food or any medicines are allowed to bring from the outside of the prison directly to the Archbishop! What kind of an inhumane act is this for one to be deprived of even of ones needed medicines especially knowing the Archbishop is a diabetic?

The hours of constant struggles for the Archbishop go onward almost daily, while we sit in a free world wondering whether or not the stock market will climb or decline.

If the EU or the USA government would and could put pressure on the matter these voices would have a great effect for the release of Archbishop Jovan, however this is truly going unnoticed? Why?

God bless the Canonical Orthodox Assembly of Bishops of North & South America for their recent appeal for the release of the Archbishop, and God bless His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios for his recent appeal to the Secretary of State H. Clinton. Now we are awaiting for concrete results from these earnest appeals!

We are convinced that the goal of the FYROM government is to make certain that Archbishop Jovan dies in prison. They are deliberately withholding medical treatment for the Archbishop who is now seriously ill! Archbishop Jovan is presently very ill and his condition is getting worse by the day! There are disturbing reports that he is being subjective to physical and mental abuse by both FYROM government agents as well as by representatives of the Macedonian Orthodox Church (a group unrecognized by the world Orthodox community).

We demand that medical doctors sent representing American government and the governments of the European community be allowed to visit and exam Archbishop Jovan before it is too late.

We also demand that the proper lawyer representing the Archbishop currently be able to defend him at this hour!

We as well demand the release of the Archbishop at this hour!

Finally, we demand that the diocese of the Archbishop be recognized as a diocese and that persecution and reconstruction of church’s and monasteries be rebuilt.

Will the governments of the West, including the USA and European community of nations, step forward and help save the life of this incredible human being and dynamic Orthodox prelate?

These are also for us all at this time to offer our humble prayers for Archbishop J o v a n !

May the joy and the love of our Risen Lord always be with you!

Peace to your soul!

Humbly in our Risen Lord,

+Very Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
President of The Archbishop Jovan Fund USA
Boise, Idaho

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