Bulgarian, FYR Macedonia Orthodox Churches edge closer despite thorny history

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Posted on November 28, 2017, 7:00 am
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The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has taken a step towards possible eventual recognition of FYR Macedonia’s Orthodox Church, a rapprochement that echoes a warming of relations between the governments of the two Balkan neighbors.

However, the move is unlikely to be welcomed by other Orthodox Churches such as those of Serbia and Greece, in a region where religious identity is often closely tied up with nationalist passions and politics.

The FYR Macedonian Orthodox Church was formed when the country was part of communist Yugoslavia but has never been recognized by other Orthodox churches due to a long-standing dispute over its independence from the Serbian Orthodox Church, with which it was previously formally united.

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