Thursday, November 18, 2010

Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid Arrested

Bulgarian border police have arrested Archbishop Jovan VI (Vraniskovski) of Ohrid of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the basis of a warrant issued by a Macedonian court against him. Since talks between the Serbian Orthodox Church and its schismatic daughter, the Macedonian Orthodox Church, in 2002 failed to bring about reconciliation Archbishop Jovan, formerly Metropolitan of Veles in the Macedonian Orthodox Church, has led the autonomous Orthodox Church of Macedonia under the Pech Patriarchate. His decision to return to the communion of world Orthodoxy has led to harassment by the Macedonian authorities and repeated imprisonment on groundless charges. The Orthodox Word's article on the autonomous Macedonian Orthodox Church and Archbishop Jovan can be found here.

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