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Bulgarian Orthodox to Consult on FYROM Church Split

A long-standing split between Bulgaria and FYROM’s Orthodox churches may be heading for a resolution, despite concerns it could fuel more disagreement among Europe’s Orthodox communities.

Reuters reported on Monday that Bulgaria’s Orthodox leadership was reviewing a request from their FYROM brethren to be recognized as a church.

It is reported the request will be taken by senior Bulgarian clergy for consultation with other Orthodox churches, among them those of Serbia, Russia and Greece.

The schism has its roots in the FYROM church’s establishment during the Yugoslav era when it became a distinct entity from Serbian Orthodoxy.

Monday’s news comes after slow-moving political reconciliation between Bulgaria and FYROM.

In August, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov attended a commemoration alongside FYROM leader Zoran Zaev shortly after signing a treaty which the EU said showed “the determination of both sides to overcome bilateral issues”.

The two states had historically troubled relations over cultural and linguistic issues, which spilled over into political spats, such as impeding FYROM’s NATO membership ambitions.

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