The Basic Court in Veles sentenced in absence His Eminence Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan to imprisonment on two years and six months for a criminal offence "evasion” . Except that, the court ordered that Archbishop pays the compensation to the schismatic MOC in the amount of 14,804.211 denars which is 240,000 EUR. How the court ordered this sort of sum, when the schismatic MOC requested the compensation of 20,083.000 denars or 330,000 EUR, is known only to the court. Though, the expertise showed that Archbishop did not take any denar for himself, and all what was being purchased ,while he was responsible for Dioceses where he was bishop, has been left as the inventory of the schismatic MOC. Because of that, Archbishop was released two times by the court of the first instance, but the court of appeals brought back the procedure on a new trial.
There is no one in Macedonia who is not familiar that the trials against Archbishop motivated politically and with a political background. One thing is certain that the schismatic MOC will not get negotiations about its status until the state authorities are still hunting Archbishop.
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia and His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, His Grace Bishop Atanasije received on October 6, 2009 at the Patriarchate court in Belgrade a high delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, led by His Excellence Dr Mehdi Mostafavi, councilor of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the head of the Organization of Islamic Culture and Relations.
Bishop Irinej encourages
Australian Government to support the Exchange Health and
Pension Benefits Scheme with the Republic of Serbia
On 2 October 2009, writing
on behalf of the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia,
His Grace Bishop Irinej encouraged Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Foreign
Minister Stephen Smith to support the implementation of the Social Agreement
between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Republic of Serbia, as
well as the Health Agreement between the two countries.
The Orthodox Church today celebrates the Venerable Cyriacus the Anchorite. At the chapel of St Simeon the Myrrh-Gushing of the Patriarchate court the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy has been served by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral with the concelebration of four priests and four deacons.
October 14, 2009 - Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God - Slava of the New Gracanica Monastery. Together with the Serbian bishops from America, His Eminence Nikolaj - Metropolitan of Dabro-Bosna will also be serving. Divine Liturgy begins at 10am.