Bishop Marko in an official visit to the Holy Epistasia of Mount Athos in Karyes

On July 26, 2013, Bishop Marko of Bregalnica and Administrator of Bitola, was officially received by the Protoepistate, hieromonk kyr Stephan, and the Epistates of the Holy Community of the Holy Mount of Athos, in Karyes.

During the meeting Bishop Marko explained to the Epistates, in detail, the latest forms of persecution, that are being performed eleventh year, in continuity, by the state apparatus and the leaders of the schismatic MOC, against His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, and against the rest of the Bishops, monastics and faithful people of the canonical Church in R. Macedonia, the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric.

The Epistates expressed their deep regret for the suffering of Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid, as a contemporary confessor of the unity and the catholicity of the Church. The Epistates ensured Bishop Marko in their unreserved support and their constant prayers for the suffering faithful people of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric, with hope that the state persecution against them will soon cease.

After Karyes, Bishop Marko visited the monastery of Gregoriou, where he was received by the Right Reverend Hegumen and Archimandrite of the monastery, elder Georgios (Kapsanis).