Category Archives: interference by State

Сourt releases Bishop Joanikije of Budimlja-Niksic and clerics of SOC

May 16, 2020. After leaving the police station, Bp. Joanikije thanked the faithful at the courthouse who’d come to show support and love and called everyone for peace and respect. On May 16, 2020, at about 0:30, the hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Bishop Joanikije (Micovic) of Budimlja-Niksic, and eight priests of the Cathedral of St. Basil were released from prison, in which […]

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Dnipro mayor threatens UOC with blocked temple doors and dug-up roads

April 14, 2020. Boris Filatov addressed the clergy regarding the upcoming Easter holidays in quarantine. Dnipro Mayor Boris Filatov warned the clergy of the Dnipropetrovsk Eparchy of the UOC that if they want to “risk the health of people” at Easter, then the city authorities will ensure that they receive “a full range of measures” – including water and electricity […]

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Metropolitan of Montenegro and multiple clerics detained by police after celebrating Palm Sunday

April 13, 2020. His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro (Serbian Orthodox Church) and his concelebrating clergy were detained by police yesterday, Sunday, April 12, after celebrating Liturgy for the Great Feast of Palm Sunday at a monastery in Zlatica, a suburb of the capital city of Podgorica. Several priests were also detained after celebrating Liturgy in the city’s Cathedral of […]

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St. Petersburg mayor’s order to close churches is unconstitutional, services will continue, says Russian Church

March 27, 2020. Residents of St. Petersburg, Russia, are prohibited from visiting religious sites from March 28 to April 5 according to new measures aimed at containing the quickly-spreading coronavirus. The decree signed by city Governor Alexander Beglov on March 26 prohibits “individuals from visiting objects (territories) of religious organizations, with the exception of the clergy and religious personnel of the […]

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Montenegrin authorities form commission to negotiate with Church about new law on Church property

March 10, 2020. Montenegrin Prime Minister Duško Marković has formed a team of experts to negotiate with the Montenegrin Metropolis of the Serbian Orthodox Church and other dioceses of the Serbian Church in Montenegro regarding the recently-passed scandalous law “On Freedom of Religion and Belief and the Legal Status of Religious Communities.” The law gives the state the right and […]

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