“I’m not aware that if there is any Idrizovo prison inmate with more restrictions than me” – says Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje in a letter to the Director of Penitentiaries in Skopje.
We should not forget that Archbishop Jovan who is the canonical heir of his predecessor, who was threatened with his life, did not deny faith, the Church and her unity.
“We shall also not forgot that the Republic of Macedonia applied various coercive measures to reassure me to give up the unity of the established Church and to return to the schismatic Macedonian Orthodox Church”, says Archbishop Jovan.
December 12, 2014, marked whole three years of imprisonment of Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje.
On December 12, 2011, he voluntarily enter his homeland, at the border-crossing near Bitola, where he was arrested. Since that day, the state apparatus executes torture incomprehensible for the contemporary democratic societies upon him.
In the course of these three years, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric were allowed to visit him only once, in August 2013.
At the same time, although Archbishop Jovan fulfills all conditions required by the law to be granted a two-day leave from prison, the prison authorities are violating all legal provisions and persistently deny him the leave that the law grants him.
Archbishop Jovan, who is currently imprisoned for the eighth time in the last twelve years, has diabetes. He is placed in a cell together with other thirty-three prisoners. The prison conditions are substandard, the cell has one toilet, and the overall conditions are altogether further deteriorating his health.
His Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine celebrated the Patron Saint-day (slava) of the Royal family of Saint Andrew the First-Called at the Royal Court in Belgrade.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irenaeus celebrated the Holy Liturgy in the Court’s chapel dedicated to Saint Andrew the First-Called together with His Grace Bishop John of Shumadia and with concelebration of the clergy of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac. After the Liturgy the slava cake was blessed by His Holiness in the Blue Saloon of the Royal Court.
His Grace Bishop Andrew of Austria-Switzerland served Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in Linz on 6 December 2014. The next day the Bishop visited the Church-school congregation of Tulln.
Diocesan dean for Austria protopresbyter-stavrophor KrstanKnezevic and other local priests concelebrated to the Bishop. The Holy Liturgy was attended by high church and municipal authorities of the city of Linz, among whom there was retired Catholic Bishop Maximilian, benefactor of the Serbian people and the bearer of the order of Saint Sava. There were also lots of pious believers.
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