Macedonian Greek Catholic Church

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Macedonian Greek Catholic Church
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Classification Eastern Catholic
Polity Episcopal
StructureEparchy [1]
Pope Francis
Bishop Kiro Stojanov [2]
Region North Macedonia
Liturgy Byzantine Rite
Headquarters Assumption of Mary Cathedral, Strumica, North Macedonia
Founder John Paul II
Origin2001
Separated from Byzantines of Križevci
Congregations7
Members2,000
Ministers 11 [3]
Other name(s)Macedonian Greek Catholic Eparchy of the Blessed Virgin Mary Assumed in Strumica-Skopje [1]

The Macedonian Greek Catholic Church is a Byzantine Rite sui juris Eastern Catholic Church in full union with the Catholic Church which uses the Macedonian language in the liturgy.

Contents

The Macedonian Church comprises a single eparchy, the Macedonian Catholic Eparchy of the Blessed Virgin Mary Assumed in Strumica-Skopje. [1]

History

An Apostolic Exarch was appointed for Bulgarian Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Macedonia as early as 1883 and lasting until 1922/1924 as part of the Bulgarian Greek Catholic Church. [4] After the end of World War I and the foundation of Yugoslavia, the Exarchate was absorbed into the Eparchy of Križevci.

Interior of the Cathedral of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary (Strumica) Assumption of Our Lady Church Strumica.jpg
Interior of the Cathedral of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary (Strumica)

In January 2001, a separate Greek Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Macedonia was formed for Eastern Catholics of the Byzantine Rite in North Macedonia. It was separated from the Eparchy of Križevci and constituted as immediately subject to the Holy See. [5] On the same day (11 January 2001) the Holy See appointed the Latin Bishop of Skopje as the first Apostolic Exarch of North Macedonia. [6]

Statistics

As of 2019, the Church's membership was estimated at approximately 2,000 faithful, with one bishop, 7 parishes, 11 priests, and 18 religious sisters. [3]

YearMembersPriestsParishes
200010,000108
20016,32095
200211,00085
200311,36785 [7]
200411,367 [8] 95 [7]
200511,39895 [8]
200611,48385 [9]
200711,49185 [10]
200815,175106 [11]
200915,041117 [12]
201015,037117 [3]

List of Hierarchs

Apostolic Exarchs

Eparchs of Strumica

See also

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