07 October, 2004
The Central Committee of the Conferences of European Churches (CEC) has expressed its concern over the recent "acts of aggression", as it stated, in Albania against the Orthodox Church there.
According to press release issued by the CEC following its meetings in Prague between Sept. 27 and Oct. 3, “it is with great anxiety that we have heard about the series of aggressive acts that have happened against the Orthodox Church in Albania. Some of these acts included: the blowing up of a cross-bell tower in Tzara; the looting of an Orthodox youth camp and student facilities around the Monastery of St. George (Aghios Georgios) in Saranda; and the eviction of the Orthodox community from an old church building in Permet.”
The CEC added that its committee members shared their concerns and protests for such violent acts with Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania Anastasios, himself a CEC vice-president.
“We appeal to the Albanian authorities to continue to respect religious freedom in the country and to protect all religious communities,” the press release concluded.
Source: Athens News Agency