Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania-Supporters

Σάββατο, 9 Μαρτίου 2013

The Cross in the Fikas Village of Elbasan is damaged

As the Orthodox Clergy and believers of Elbasan we are following with much concern and are shocked by the ongoing pressure that is being exercised on our Orthodox community, and we cannot remain silent in the face of this situation, which is continuing to deteriorate. After the damage to the Onufri frescoes in the Church of St. Premte, in Valsh of Elbasan a month ago, which has remained unsolved until now, another attack has been made on an Orthodox symbol, the Cross in the Fikas village of the Elbasan. More specifically, on February 12, 2013, residents of the area, as well as casual passersby found the Cross intentional damaged. It stands in a holy place where a church had once stood. Facing these attacks and barbaric acts we feel increasingly threatened and hurt, in our feelings and our faith. Symbols and religious objects, as an expression of religious freedom and mutual respect, must have the respect and protection of everyone, without distinction. Religious harmony is expressed precisely in these values and we, as the people of this country, have known very well to protect these values, and must strive constantly not to allow them to be affected in the future. Finally, we ask the law enforcement and state agencies to show attention and efficacy in the detection and prevention of such acts, halting the evil destructive hands and minds. Orthodox Clergy and believers of Elbasan February 13, 2013

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