Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Macedonia’s president and prime minister : Discuss Status of the Macedonian Orthodox Church

On December 20, 2014, while on a visit to Skopje with the blessing of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk met with Macedonia’s President Georje Ivanov. Participating in the meeting was Russia’s Ambassador O. Shcherbak. Later the DECR chairman had a talk with Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski at the Government’s residence. Participating ...

Macedonian Orthodox Church sends letters to the Ecumenical Patriarchate the Russian Orthodox Church and to the Serbian Orthodox Church to revamp dialogue for Canonical Unity

Kisha D Dorad (OCP Delegate of Serbia, Balkan and East European Region) OCP News Service- 25/4/14 Belgrade: It has been reported that the Macedonian Orthodox Church  (MOC) Synod has send letters to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Russian Orthodox Church, and to the Serbian Orthodox Church expressing their readiness to re-open talks regarding reestablish communion. The Serbian Orthodox Church ...

Macedonia prey to global racket in holy icon theft

In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, empty icon niches in the 19th-century church of St. George, where some 30 icons are missing, in the village of Lazaropole, near Debar, western Macedonia. Among the 30 icons stolen from the church in Lazaropole, high in the Macedonian massif, were 23 by the 19th-century Dico Zograf – one of the nation’s most famous painters. Zograf’s works can sell for tens of thousands of dollars on the black market.

January 2014 LAZAROPOLE, Macedonia — The sumptuous altar screen in this village church rises in tiers of crimson, royal blue and gold leaf, all the way up to a crucifix flanked by dragons. Near the top, icon niches gape empty like blown-out windows. The two dozen paintings were torn out in April, apparent victims to an art ...

Macedonia’s Orthodox Church Lifts Ban On Facebook

14/12/13 The Macedonian Orthodox Church has overturned a ban on Facebook that it had imposed on its clergy. Bishop Clement, the secretary of the Macedonian Orthodox Church's Holy Synod, said on December 12 that the church will allow clergy to use Facebook but will make some restrictions on its use. He said the church will soon clarify how ...

Macedonian Orthodox Church bans Facebook

27/10/13 Macedonia's Orthodox Church has ordered its priests and nuns not to use Facebook or be ready to face unnamed sanctions, church officials say. "Everyone among the clergy will face sanctions if using Facebook," the church's spokesman, Bishop Timotej, said on Friday. The bishop did not reveal the reasons for the ban, but sources from the church said ...

The court process against Archbishop Jovan, Bishops, monastics and faithful people of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric has ended

24/6/13 In the Court of First Instance Skopje I, in Skopje, the politically staged court process against Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid, the Bishops: Marko of Bregalnica and David of Stobi, against the monastics and the faithful people of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric has ended. The court process has undoubtedly shown that it is a case of state ...

The court process postponed again! The health state of Archbishop Jovan deteriorated

April 2013 Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric On April 26 the current year, the politically motivated court hearing against Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid, the rest of the Bishops, monastics and faithful people of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric, was once again postponed! The last court hearing of this process was held on December 11, last year, and since then, ...

Nikolic proposal raises hopes in church dispute

Biljana Lajmanovska for Southeast European Times in Skopje 28/10/2012 Serbia President Tomislav Nikolic recently proposed that Macedonian authorities free convicted felon Zoran Vraniskovski in return for Belgrade obtaining recognition for the Macedonian Orthodox Church's autocephaly. Nikolic said the state involvement will help solve the four decade-long dispute between the Serbian and Macedonian orthodox churches, which has affected relations ...

Freedom House: Macedonia worse than Kosovo in regard to the freedom of the press

5/5/2012 In the latest Freedom House reports on the freedom of the press, our homeland remains rated as a “partly free” country, while the latest marks show its significant downgrade, and this time are classifying it as the country with the lowest level of freedom of the press in comparison to, for example, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, ...

What is most important to Macedonian Orthodox Church is to return to canonical field, says Russian bishop

FOCUS News Agency 29/4/2012 Sofia. What is most important to the Macedonian Orthodox Church is for it to return to the canonical field, bishop Hilarion, Chairman of External Church Relations Department of the Moscow Patriarchate, said in an interview with Bulgarian National Radio. He says there are many models of church structure, which, without obligatory recognition of autocephaly, ...

Photos of Changing Frescoes from Macedonia Orthodox Church

10/4/2012 People attend divine liturgy at St. Dimitrie church in Skopje April 9, 2012. Hundreds of Macedonian Orthodox faithful flocked to the church in the capital on Monday to look at what they say is a self-restoration of hundred-year-old icons, which, according to a priest, had started to shine on their own. Source:

Macedonians subject to religious tensions

After a carnival in which some mocked the Quran, two Macedonian Orthodox churches were burned. [Tomislav Georgiev/SETimes]

By Misko Taleski for Southeast European Times in Struga 03/02/12 The government and religious communities are attempting to calm the situation following the burning of two Macedonian Orthodox churches. The situation in Struga is calming down, residents say, after Muslims held violent protests this week and last, causing a series of religious-based incidents. Tensions flared between Christians and ...