The heads of the Orthodox churches in Serbia and North Macedonia served a liturgy of reconciliation on Thursday in Belgrade’s St Sava temple.
Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Patriarch Porfirije met Ohrid Archbishop Stefan met in front of the church in central Belgrade welcoming the clerics from Serbia’s southern neighbor. The two churches have been at odds since the 1950s when the Macedonian Orthodox Church (MPC) which enjoyed autonomy within the SPC decided to demand autocephaly which would give it full independence. The Ohrid Archbishopric was recognized by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew as the orthodox church in North Macedonia last week.
“Welcome dear brothers, welcome brother Archbishop Stefan and bishops. Welcome to our community of love, you and all your God loving people. We are brothers and only brothers,” Patriarch Porfirije said.
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The two churches are expected to continue the dialogue which they kept secret until last week. The SPC Assembly met in Belgrade, bringing together bishops from the country and abroad.