Ecumenical Patriarch Presents Synodal Act for the Restoration of Ecclesiastical Communion to Archbishop Stephan of Ohrid (North Macedonia)

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OCP News Service – 13/6/22

Constantinople-Turkey: On 12th of June 2022, Bartholomew I of Constantinople presented the Synodal Act for the restoration of communion and canonical unity to Archbishop Stephan, the primate of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric. The vent took place at the end of the Patriarchal Liturgy concelebrated with Archbishop Stephan of Orhid. On the 9th May 2022, the Church of Constantinople had established full communion with the Macedonian Church.

Followed by the decision from the Church of Constantinople, on June 5, 2022, after the Liturgy served in the Cathedral of the Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade, Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia presented Tomos of Autocephaly to Archbishop Stephen. The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church had unanimously recognized the Autocephaly of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Archbishopric of Orhid in May 2022.

The Macedonian Orthodox Church is the largest Christian Church in North Macedonia, formerly within the Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate. By June 2022, with the issuance of the Tomos and Synodal Act, the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Orhid Archbishopric have become an autocephalous Orthodox Church within the Eastern Orthodox communion.

OCP News Service

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