The Russian Church welcomes the decision of the SOC to renew the canonical communion with the Macedonian Church

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The Russian Orthodox Church welcomes the decision of the Serbian Orthodox Church to renew the canonical communion with the MOC-OA.

"The Russian Orthodox Church welcomes the decision of the Serbian Sister Church to renew the canonical communion with the Macedonian Orthodox Church, the Ohrid Archbishopric," said Nikolai Balashov of the Moscow Patriarchate, noting that it was "overcoming a half-century-old church schism."

Previously, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the SOC declared that it recognized its canonical status of the Macedonian Orthodox Church - Ohrid Archbishopric and announced the re-establishment of liturgical communion with it.

At the same time, it is noted that in the dialogue on the future and final canonical status of the MOC, the leadership of the SOC will act exclusively in accordance with the canonical and ecclesiastical norms and principles "without geopolitical and ecclesiastical" approach.

"The Serbian Orthodox Church has not previously recognized the part that seceded from it in Northern Macedonia, called the 'Macedonian Orthodox Church', which was recognized as such by the Macedonian authorities and the Ecumenical Patriarchate," Serbian media reported.

In this regard, the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Archpriest Igor Jakimchuk, said that the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) recognizes the exclusive canonical rights of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) in Northern Macedonia.

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