Days in Prison
His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan (John) spent a total of 220 days in the prison Idrizovo, near Skopje before he was finally released on March 3rd 2006, and another 256 days in a second prison term before he was released on April 20th 2007. He is currently being imprisoned for the third time. Archbishop John was given before the worldly court by the schismatic organization that calls itself Macedonian Orthodox Church, but which has not been recognized as such, nor does it have a liturgical communion with any of the local orthodox Churches in the world. Archbishop John, who is recognized and confirmed by all the local Orthodox Churches, was accused by the schismatics for praying on his private property, for participating in the ordination of orthodox Bishops and for “writing” a theological text, which they found to be offensive on their behalf.
The Macedonian judiciary, which has been highlighted as the most corrupted part of the Macedonian society convicted Archbishop John to a two-and-a-half-years long prison sentence. This specific alliance between the neo-communist state Republic of Macedonia and the schismatic and heretic organization so-called Macedonian Orthodox Church, conducting a sort of an inquisition, convicted Archbishop John to a strict imprisonment.
Archbishop John is the only confessor of the faith who, in modern Europe, has been convicted and put in prison because of his religious beliefs.