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People circle the Jovan Bigorski monastery during Easter celebrations. ( Photo by Nake Batev Anadolu Agency Getty Images)

The letter that the Holy Synod of the MOC-OA sent to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in which it asks it to be an Orthodox Mother church, if they recognize the autocephalous status of the MOC-OA, has caused an avalanche of reactions.

By
Vase Kocev
Published on
Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 15:30
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5.05 MB
Duration
11 min 1 sec

The letter that the Holy Synod of the MOC-OA sent to the BOC asking her to be her mother church is an attempt to gain autocephaly through a different path, including by-passing negotiations with the SPC - says journalist and religious analyst Branko Gjorgevski.

Gjorgjevski is specific "the letter will remain without a specific response and any response will be postponed. This is due to pressure from other Orthodox churches based on their agreement to have full concensus when recognizing a new church."