President Pendarovski sends a letter to Bartholomew requesting autocephaly

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Macedonia’s President Stevo Pendarovski has sent a letter to Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, on the start of the Church New Year and requested autocephaly of the Macedonian Orthodox Church.

“It is my honor to address You and express my sincere wishes on the beginning of the Church New Year. History says that we should continually adapt with time and use it for the well-being of people. The Ecumenical Patriarchate is an example of how one can remain consistent with values but at the same time be dynamic in facing current challenges,” says President Pendarovski in the letter.

Pendarovski informs the Patriarch that the state has decided to use the time over the past three years to its benefit and leave historic disagreements behind.

“I turn to you on behalf of a large portion of my fellow citizens, who identify themselves as Orthodox Christians and whose only wish and need is to reconcile with their close ones and focus on a common future, coexistence and true freedom. In this regard, let me ask Your Holiness to esteem the call of our people and our Church to use Your prerogative and finally give our citizens of the Orthodox Christian faith the opportunity to be equal with the other Orthodox Christians across the globe,” says Pendarovski and wishes Bartholomew health amid the great uncertainty posed by the global health crisis.

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