The Bulgarian Orthodox Church and autocephaly of “the Church of Macedonia”
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The Bulgarian Orthodox Church will examine the question of autocephaly of “the Church of Macedonia” after the former Yugoslav Republic officially receives its new name. This is what Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria told journalists.
“The issue of the name the Macedonian State is still under development. When the details are clarified, the question of the Church will undoubtedly follow”.

The Skopje parliament has ratified the constitutional amendments that will pave the way for the country’s name change to “Republic of North Macedonia”, as part of the Prespa agreement. And the Greek parliament will have to vote on it.
We recall that in late 2017, “the Church of Macedonia” approached the Orthodox Church of Bulgaria in order to consider it as Mother Church. In 2018, the Bulgarian Church set up a commission to examine the issue, which is considered a source of discord in the Orthodox world.
On January 21, 2019, when asked about the autocephaly of Ukraine, Patriarch Neophyte answered this was an important issue to be soon discussed. The Bulgarian Church is opposed to the convening of a Pan-Orthodox Synod (proposed by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow) to discuss this question.

Source in Greek

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Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne was born and raised in France. She taught English before entering the Cistercian Order. She translated and published articles relevant to her interest in Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She moved to the United States in 2001, converted to Orthodoxy in 2008, and married. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. She continued to publish articles, a Cistercian texts anthology, then finally launched her career in literary translation, while teaching French. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

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