Macedonian Greek Catholic Church

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Macedonian Greek Catholic Church
Classification Eastern Catholic
Polity Episcopal
Structure Eparchy[1]
Pope Francis
Bishop Kiro Stojanov[2]
Region Macedonia
Liturgy Byzantine Rite
Headquarters Assumption of Mary Cathedral, Strumica, Macedonia
Founder John Paul II
Origin 2001
Separated from Byzantines of Križevci
Congregations 7
Members 15,037
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 Roman Catholic Church which uses the Macedonian language in the liturgy.

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 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)

In January 2001, a separate Greek Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Macedonia was formed for Eastern Catholics of the Byzantine Rite in 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 Macedonia.[6]

Statistics

As of 2010, the Church's membership was estimated at approximately 15,037 faithful, with one bishop, 7 parishes, 11 priests, and 18 religious sisters.[3]

Year Members Priests Parishes
2000 10,000 10 8
2001 6,320 9 5
2002 11,000 8 5
2003 11,367 8 5[7]
2004 11,367[8] 9 5[7]
2005 11,398 9 5[8]
2006 11,483 8 5[9]
2007 11,491 8 5[10]
2008 15,175 10 6[11]
2009 15,041 11 7[12]
2010 15,037 11 7[3]

List of Hierarchs

Apostolic Exarchs

Eparchs of Strumica

  • Kiro Stojanov (2018 – present), Latin-Rite Bishop of Skopje

References

  1. ^ a b c "Macedonian Church". Catholic Dioceses in the World. GCatholic. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Apostolic Exarchate of Macedonia". Catholic Dioceses in the World. GCatholic. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2010 Statistics" (PDF). Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 9 June 2018. 
  4. ^ Кратка история на Католическата апостолическа екзархия. (In English: A conscise history of the Catholic Apostolic Exarchate - retrieved from the official website of the Bulgarian Greek Catholic Church on January 16, 2012.)
  5. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis, 93 (2001), p. 339.
  6. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis, 94 (2002), p. 152.
  7. ^ a b c Cheney, David M. "Apostolic Exarchate of Macedonia". All Dioceses. catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2005 Statistics" (PDF). Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2006 Statistics" (PDF). Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2007 Statistics" (PDF). Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2008 Statistics" (PDF). Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  12. ^ Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2009 Statistics" (PDF). Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 

External links

  • Eparchy of Križevci (in Croatian)
  • Apostolic Exarchate of Macedonia (2001- ) on Catholic Hierarchy
  • Article on Greek Catholics in Former Yugoslavia by Ronald Roberson on the CNEWA website
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