Category Archives: interference by State

Montenegro rejects Church’s appeal to reverse ban on construction of state-demolished monastery

July 21, 2020. His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro appealed to state authorities to reverse the ban on the construction of a monastery near the southern coastal town of Ulcinj. However, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism rejected the Church’s appeal, claiming that the sudden destruction of the residence at the Monastery of St. Basil of Ostrog last month […]

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Closing churches and regulating services is unconstitutional—Russian Presidential Council for Human Rights

July 21, 2020. Officials have no right to close churches and regulate services and religious rites due to the coronavirus pandemic, the President Council for Human Rights believes. On July 17, Valery Fadeev, the Council Chairman, presented a report in St. Petersburg entitled, “Lessons of the Epidemic in Terms of Civil and Human Rights and Freedoms,” which in particular states […]

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Metropolitan Amfilohije about persecutions of Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro.

July 6, 2020. The Head of the Montenegrin-Littoral Metropolis of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije (Radović), believes that the current authorities of the country use fascist methods in relation to the Church and Her faithful, the website of the Metropolis reports. In his opinion, “President Milo Djukanovic sacrifices Montenegro and its existence for power and money. This […]

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Ukrainian Church wins case of illegal re-registration of parish against “Orthodox Church of Ukraine”

July 3, 2020. The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church under His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine has won another court case against “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” concerning the fate of an illegally re-registered parish. While the OCU boasts that several hundred parishes have abandoned the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in order to join its nationalist ranks, the majority of […]

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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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