August 23. PRAVMIR. The "Macedonian Orthodox Church", located in the split with Orthodox world, after the installation of the monument to Alexander the Great is preparing for his beatification. The Primate of the self-proclaimed non-canonical church, Archbishop Stephen gave his blessing to write the icon of Alexander of Macedon. This icon is painted on the dome of the Church of St. Nicholas in the town of Stip. As for the life of the Emperor Alexander, it currently has not provided the Slavomacedonian church.
An interesting fact is that the action of Archbishop Stephen is regarded as a nationalist challenge that has always been peculiar to the representatives of the Slavomacedonian church. For example, in 2008 the Archbishop of the Slavomacedonian Church in the Vatican, an event dedicated to St. Cyril of Rome, delivered a provocative nationalist speech in which he accused the Greeks that they do not express themselves the Macedonian people.
As for the representatives of the Hellenic Church, that they are concerned about the nationalist policies of the Slavomacedonian church. Just recently, representatives of Slavomacedonian diaspora urged to separate metropolitan Anthimus Salonikiyskogo for his harsh words about the radio station being built, and now the organization has a new challenge of the canonical Church.
The "Macedonian Orthodox Church" - is a canonically unrecognized Orthodox Church entity, acting on the territory of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The "Macedonian Orthodox Church" had been illegally established in 1967 with the help of the Yogoslav and Slavomacedonian state authorities. In 2007 the Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church excommunicated all those who believe the so-called "Macedonian Orthodox Church".
Up to two thirds of believers of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (approximately 1.2 million people)" belong to the "Macedonian Orthodox Church" . In addition, it has a community in the U.S. and Australia. The number of dioceses - 10 (7 of which acts on the territory of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and 3 - beyond its borders). The number of temples and monasteries on the territory of Macedonia - 1200 (of which the monasteries - 12, home to some 100 inhabitants). Since 2005, the Primate of the "Macedonian Orthodox Church," Archbishop Stefan of Ohrid is. He heads the "Holy Synod of the Macedonian Orthodox Church", which is composed of 9 metropolitan and one archbishop. The territory of "the Macedonian Orthodox Church," covers the territory of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the Slavomacedonian diaspora. All in all, running "the Macedonian Orthodox Church" are 2000 churches and monasteries.
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