Bulgaria: Bulgarian Patriarch Sends Letter of Support to Orthodox Archbishop of Ohrid

Bulgaria: Bulgarian Patriarch Sends Letter of Support to Orthodox Archbishop of Ohrid

Bulgarian Patriarch Neophytos sent a special message to the fraternal “Macedonia” on the day Bulgaria commemorates the memory of the Apostle of Liberty, Vasil Levski.

Patriarch Neophytos congratulates our Orthodox brothers in “Macedonia”, stating that they can rely on the support of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

“Enjoy our support and know that Bulgaria and Macedonia are of one blood. For many years!”, the Patriarch emphasized.

The Special Committee, which was established two years ago to assist the Archdiocese of the Church of Ohrid of North Macedonia in obtaining its autocephaly, continues its work in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. The Commission is headed by the Metropolitan of Stara Zagora.

Patriarch Neophytos also commented on the initiative of the Patriarch of Jerusalem to meet with heads of Orthodox churches next week in the capital of Jordan.

“Some further points are being discussed and then we will make a decision”, the Bulgarian Patriarch replied as to whether he would attend a meeting of Orthodox Churches convened by Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III in Amman, Jordan on 26 and 27 February.

Asked whether the Bulgarian Orthodox Church will continue to have a representative at this meeting, the Patriarch replied that “this is also in question”.

So far only the Patriarchs of Russia and Serbia have responded positively to the invitation of the Patriarch of Jerusalem for the meeting of the Orthodox Churches in Amman, Jordan, while almost all the other leaders of the Orthodox Churches denied the invitation. The last to respond negatively to the invitation was Patriarch of Georgia, Elias II, earlier this week.

The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew responded to the invitation of the Patriarch, in which, among other things, he expressed his surprise that Theophilos’ letter was for the first time in English and not Greek, as is common in correspondence between them. Mr. Bartholomew then reminds the Patriarch of Jerusalem who presides over the incumbents and who has the right to convene a pan-Orthodox congregation. Finally, the Ecumenical Patriarch called on Patriarch Theophilos to revoke this illicit initiative that serves foreign purposes and undermines the Ecumenical Throne./ibna