His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, along with Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, the President of Serbia, presided over the session of the Organizing Committee for marking th 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan. Members of the Holy Synod of Bishops Their Graces Bishops Vasilije of Srem, Irinej of Backa, Jovan of Sumadija and Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, as well as His Grace Bishop Jovan of Nis participated in the session of the Committee.
RTS: Marking the Jubilee: Both the Celebration and the Duty
The Organizing Committee for marking 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, which was presided by President Tomislav Nikolic and Patriarch Irinej, decided that the celebration begin on 17 January 2013 with the concert of the Sretenje Monastery choir. The forthcoming festivities were both the celebration and the duty, President Nikolic said.
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic delivered yesterday, on 6 December 2012, at the ceremony at the Office of the President of Serbia, the medals of Sretenje Order of the Second Degree to the representatives of the Church and religious communities in Serbia.
This order was received by: Very Venerable Archimandrite Jovan Radosavljevic, Very Reverend Archpresbyter of the Catholic Church Jakob Pfeifer of the Odzaci Parish of the Roman Catholic Church, Right Reverend Bishop István Csete-Szemesi of the Reformed Christian Church and honorary president of the Union of Jewish communities in Serbia Mr. Aca Singer. President Nikolic previously awarded Reis-ul-ulema Hamdija Jusufspahic with the Sretenje Order, of the First Degree, where Serbian Patriarch Irinej was present .
Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, the President of the Republic of Serbia talked on 30 November 2012, with His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch in the Office of the President of Serbia. His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa also participated in the talks.
The representative of the schismatic MOC, Vanco Umlenski, stated before the court that the request for prosecution of Archbishop Jovan and the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric persists.
On November 28, 2012, in the Court of First Instance in Skopje was held the new, politically staged court hearing against the persecuted Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and against the remaining persecuted Bishops, priest-monks, nuns and believers of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric.
Yesterday, on November 12, 2012, eleven months were completed since Archbishop Jovan is in detention.
Although he is already sentenced to a prison term, under the excuse that there is a new court process against him, the authorities are illegally and persistently keeping Archbishop Jovan in detention! There are other prisoners, such as the sentenced Ljube Boskovski, against whom new court processes are ongoing, but as opposed to Archbishop Jovan, they are not placed in detention, but in the Idrizovo prison! Only against one man different orders are being carried out, as if there were a purpose of silently killing him, and that man is Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid!
The purpose of detention is ensuring the presence at the court hearings and preventing the influence upon the other accused persons. The presence of Archbishop Jovan would have nevertheless been ensured if he were in the Idrizovo prison, and from there he would also not be able to influence anybody! But, despite the fact that he has diabetes as well as other health problems, Archbishop Jovan is tendentiously being held in the strict detention regime: twenty-three hours he is confined in a cell, without medical care, and with restrictions to the food that is being sent to him due to his illness, without fresh air, and for whole six months nobody has visited him, because the visits are prohibited even to the only ones that had the right to visit him, his mother and his sister!