Orthodox Church in the Czech Lands and Slovakia Recognized the Autocephaly of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric
OCP News Service – 06/03/2023
Prešov – Slovakia: The synod session of the Orthodox Church Church in the Czech Lands and Slovakia that was held in Prešov Orthodox Eparchy in Prešov on February 07, 2023, was presided by Archbishop of Prešov and the Metropolitan of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, His Beatitude Metropolitan Rastislav. The synod recognized the Autocephaly of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric in the synodal meeting.
According to the synod, “The Holy Synod also took note of the letters of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the restoration of Eucharistic communion with the eparchies in North Macedonia, as well as the letters of the Serbian Patriarch Porphyry on the reintegration of the Church in North Macedonia into the canonical structure of the Serbian Orthodox Church and on the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in North Macedonia to the patriarchs and synods Tomos of May 20, 2022. These canonical decisions of the sister Orthodox Churches were adopted with thanks to God for the elimination of the long-standing schism.”
The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church unanimously recognized the Autocephaly of the Macedonian Orthodox Church in June 2022. Later Antiochian, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Czech-Slovak, and Polish Orthodox Churches also accepted the autocephaly of the Macedonian church. The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Greek, and Georgia has recognized the Macedonian church but has not yet recognized the autocephaly given by Serbia, but has recognized the communion.
OCP News Service