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Macedonia Sentences Archbishop to 3 Years in Prison

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Christians in Macedonia were saddened on Wednesday when Archbishop Jovan of Orid of the Serbian Orthodox Church was sentenced to three years in prison on what many believe to be false charges. Christians in Macedonia say the government has been persecuted the Archbishop for almost a decade for his attempts to reintegrate the Macedonian Orthodox Church with the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Macedonian Orthodox Church broke away from the Serbian church in 1967 under Communism. 

Muslim Persecution of Christians: May 2012

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Raymond Ibrahim writes for the Gatestone Institute that, “In Indonesia, Muslims threw bags of urine on Christians during worship; in Kashmir and Zanzibar, churches were set on fire; and in Mali, Christianity ‘faces being eradicated.’” Ibrahim’s series, titled ‘Muslim Persecution of Christians,’ is published each month to document cases of persecution – whether it be general discrimination, arrests, or murder – committed by Muslims in majority Islamic countries, Asia and the West.

Nuns, Monks Freed. Reason for Arrest Seems Suspect

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Nuns and Monks arrested for tax evasion and money laundering have been freed. Their passports, however, have been confiscated leaving them stranded and unable to travel home. The arrests and raids feel a little sketchy. As one Bishop put it: "Police took away our archive, all Synodal minutes and other writings, all with a religious content only. We are afraid that they might destroy our register books. If they are persecuting us because of alleged money laundering, what it has to do with the register books, Synodal minutes and alike documents?”  We are wondering the same and will keep our eye on this.

Macedonia Arrests 17 Monks, Nuns, And Believers In Crackdown On Orthodox Church

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The raid reportedly began early Monday, May 21, when police in the eastern Macedonian town of Stip "was looking to arrest Bishop Marko of Bregalnica" area but he was not present as he attended the spring session of the Serbian Orthodox Church Synod in Belgrade, Serbia, according to investigators. However a nun, identified as Pelagija, was said to have been detained in that raid. 

Muslim Persecution of Christians: February 2012

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Raymond Ibrahim reports for Gatestone Institute that, “Half of Iraq's indigenous Christians are gone, due to the unleashed forces of jihad [holy war]. Many Christians fled to nearby Syria; yet, as the Assad regime comes under attack from al-Qaeda and others… Christians are experiencing a level of persecution unprecedented in the nation's modern history.” Ibrahim’s series, titled ‘Muslim Persecution of Christians,’ is published each month to document cases of persecution – whether it be general discrimination, arrests, or murder – committed by Muslims in majority Islamic countries, Asia and the West.

Official Discrimination Continues

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Urban plans are often used as excuses to deny or give inadequate planning permission to religious communities, one Protestant pastor said that "this is an excuse, but what can we do?"

Will new draft religion law end discrimination?

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

There continues to be concern that Macedonia's new religion law will only allow one group to gain legal recognition.

Religious Communities Still Face Building Problems

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Government authorities put excessive restrictions on certain churches.

Religious Liberty in Europe (2 of 2)

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

This is the second in a Catholic series on religious freedom in Europe.

Religious Liberty in Europe (1 of 2)

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

In a continuing series on evaluating every country in the world for religious liberty from a Catholic perspective, below is part one addressing concerns in Europe.

Macedonian Authorities Deny Land and Permission to Construct Baptist Church Building

Monday, July 24th, 2006

North Korean Escapees Imprisoned In Laos Face Death on Repatriation to North Korea

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Serb Orthodox Condemn Continuing Attacks on Ortho Churches

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

"How it is possible to continue the process of restoring the destroyed Orthodox holy shrines in Kosovo and Metohija if the Kosovo authorities and members of KFOR are unable to provide adequate protection for the objects being restored?"

Sentence Reduction Sees Serbian Bishop Freed

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

Macedonia's Supreme Court allows Serbian Bishop to go free, but the country is still experiencing restrictions on freedom of religion in favor of the Macedonian Orthodox Church.

Why Can’t New Non-Orthodox Churches or Mosques Be Built?

Monday, December 12th, 2005

Government refuses to explain why it will not grant permission for non-Orthodox religious minorities to build their own houses of worship.

Trials Without End For Serbian Orthodox?

Friday, September 30th, 2005

Church leader recently given an additional sentence is summoned to yet another trial.

Serbian Bishop Remains in Prison As Appeal Fails

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Macedonia's Supreme Court upholds charges against Serbian bishop of inciting national and religious hatred.

Serbia Urges Macedonia To Release Jailed Bishop

Monday, August 1st, 2005

Serbia Urges Macedonia To Release Jailed Bishop

Orthodox Archbishop Jailed Without Gospels

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Orthodox Archbishop Jailed Without Gospels

Serbian Archbishop Starts Serving Prison Sentence

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

Serbian Archbishop Starts Serving Prison Sentence

Archbishop To be Jailed for 18 Months

Friday, June 24th, 2005

Archbishop To be Jailed for 18 Months

State Interfering with Orthodox Church in Macedonia

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

State Interfering with Orthodox Church in Macedonia

Police Threaten Serbian Orthodox Believers in Macedonia

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

Police Threaten Serbian Orthodox Believers in Macedonia

Monastery Demolished

Thursday, October 21st, 2004

Monastery Demolished

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