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BOC accepted to be mother-church of MOC-OA

The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (BOC) at a session Monday has decided to engage in establishing the canonical status of the Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOC) and to represent before local Orthodox churches.

“The Holy Synod, given that the Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOC) recognizes the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (BOC) – Bulgarian Patriarchate as its Mother Church, has decided that the BOC, assuming its holy duty, accepts the responsibility to demonstrate utmost assistance by mediating and by representing itself before local Orthodox churches all the while taking all necessary measures to establish a canonical status of the MOC,” reads a decision on the BOC’s Holy Synod reached in relation to a letter sent by the MOC on Nov. 9.

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church (BOC) – Bulgarian Patriarchate has never been indifferent to the hardships of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, adds the decision.

The BOC Holy Synod decided to set a committee of bishops tasked with negotiating with the Macedonian Orthodox Church.

The synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church convened today to discuss the letter of the Macedonian Orthodox Church requesting recognition of its autocephaly and eucharistic unity with the BOC.