Ecumenical Patriarchate recognizes MOC-OA and establishes canonical unity

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The Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate removed the 55-year-old schism from the Macedonian Orthodox Church and decided to establish canonical and Eucharistic communion among the Macedonian bishops, priests and the people, Religija.mk reports.

This practically means that the Ecumenical Patriarchate has recognized the MOC-OA and will now be able to serve with it.

With the decision of today’s session of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, headed by His Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch HH Bartholomew, removes the decades-long schism imposed on our ancient Ohrid Archbishopric, restored in the person of the MOC. This means that the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognizes the ecclesiastical hierarchy led by Archbishop Stephen as canonical and valid in the pan-Orthodox world and establishes canonical and liturgical communion with it.

 

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