Macedonian Greek Catholic Church
ClassificationEastern Catholic
PolityEpiscopal
StructureEparchy[1]
PopeFrancis
BishopKiro Stojanov[2]
RegionNorth Macedonia
LiturgyByzantine Rite
HeadquartersAssumption of Mary Cathedral, Strumica, North Macedonia
FounderJohn Paul II
Origin2001
Separated fromMacedonian Orthodox Church
Congregations7
Members11,374[3]
Ministers17[3]
Other name(s)Macedonian Greek Catholic Eparchy of the Blessed Virgin Mary Assumed in Strumica-Skopje[1]

The Macedonian Greek Catholic Church [a] or Macedonian Byzantine Catholic Church is a sui juris Eastern Catholic church in full union with the Catholic Church which uses the Macedonian language in the liturgy. The Macedonian Greek Catholic Church comprises a single eparchy, the Macedonian Catholic Eparchy of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Strumica-Skopje.[1]

History

An Apostolic Exarch was appointed for Bulgarian Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of 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.

In January 2001, a separate Greek Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Macedonia was formed for Eastern Catholics of the Byzantine Rite in North Macedonia. It was separated from the Eparchy of Križevci and constituted as directly 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 North Macedonia.[6]

Statistics

As of 2017, the Church's membership was estimated at approximately 11,374 faithful, with one bishop, 8 parishes, 16 priests, and 18 religious sisters.[7]

Year Members Priests Parishes
2000 10,000 10 8
2001 6,320 9 5
2002 11,000 8 5
2003 11,367 8 5[8]
2004 11,367[9] 9 5[8]
2005 11,398 9 5[9]
2006 11,483 8 5[10]
2007 11,491 8 5[11]
2008 15,175 10 6[12]
2009 15,041 11 7[13]
2010 15,037 11 7[7]
2016 11,336 16 8[3]
2017 11,374 16 8[3]

List of Hierarchs

Apostolic Exarchs

Eparchs of Strumica

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Latin: Ecclesiae Graecae Catholico Macedonica; Macedonian: Македонска грчка католичка црква

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 d "The Eastern Catholic Churches" (PDF). Catholic Near East Welfare Association. 2017.
  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 Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2010 Statistics" (PDF). Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  8. ^ a b c Cheney, David M. "Apostolic Exarchate of Macedonia". All Dioceses. catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  9. ^ a b Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2005 Statistics" (PDF). Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  10. ^ Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2006 Statistics" (PDF). Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  11. ^ Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2007 Statistics" (PDF). Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  12. ^ Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2008 Statistics" (PDF). Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  13. ^ Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2009 Statistics" (PDF). Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 December 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2012.