Recognizes the schismatic church of Skopje named “Ohrid”


The Ecumenical Patriarchate welcomes the schismatic Church of Skopje to Eucharistic communion, the Holy Synod announced today after its session. Specifically, he states that after evaluating the submitted appeal and the successive appeals of the neighboring state, he decided that to the trauma of there to our Orthodox brothers “oil and wine”. The relevant Patriarchal and Synodal Act is issued for this purpose “.

As for the settlement of administrative matters between this Church and the Patriarchate of Serbia, it leaves them to the Patriarchate of Serbia.

Besides, he recognizes and accepts the name “Ohrid” and excludes the term “Macedonian”, as he announced.

More specifically, the announcement issued on this is as follows:

«The Holy Synod, meeting today, Monday, May 9, 2022, under the chairmanship of His Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Mr. Bartholomew, discussed in detail the ecclesiastical issue of Skopje, and, in the final stage, evaluated the Mother Church’s appeal to the Church there, as well as the repeated appeals of the State of Northern Macedonia: decided the following:

1) It receives in a Eucharistic communion the Hierarchy, its clergy and its people under the Archbishop Mr. Stephen of this Church, healing the wound of the schism, and healing the wound of our Orthodox brothers there “oil and wine”. The relevant Patriarchal and Synodal Act is issued for this purpose.

2) Confirmation to the Most Holy Church of Serbia for the settlement of administrative matters between it and the Church of Northern Macedonia, within the framework of the secular order and ecclesiastical tradition.

3) Recognizes as the name of this Church “Ohrid” (meaning the area of ​​its jurisdiction only within the borders of the state of Northern Macedonia), as promised in writing to the Ecumenical Patriarchate and its Prelate, excluding the term “Macedonian” and any other derivative of the word “Macedonia”.

The Ecumenical Patriarchate continues to be interested in the growth, progress and stability of this ecclesiastical entity of Ohrid, as it has done through the centuries through all the local Orthodox Church, as “the inn of love, the source of the pious Of Christians “(Drama Pavlos)».


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