ORTHODOX CHURCHES

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There are unresolved internal issues as to the autonomous or autocephalous status of the following Orthodox churches:

  • Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church (Metropolitan of Tallinn and all Estonia) — Autonomy is recognized only by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, opposed only by the Russian Orthodox Church.
  • Estonian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) (Metropolitan of Tallinn and all Estonia) — Autonomy not recognized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate
  • Autonomous Archdiocese of Ohrid as the Macedonian Orthodox Church (Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje) – The Church proclaimed independence (autocephaly), but this is objected by the Serbian Orthodox Church as a schism. Though officially unrecognised by the other churches in the communion, the Macedonian Orthodox Church de facto communicates with many of the churches, ahymnographer from the Ecumenical Patriarchate wrote a liturgy for a canonization of matures in the Macedonian Church[3] and a delegate from the Patriarchate was sent on a funeral of a Macedonian president where they met with representatives of the Macedonian Church; the Macedonian Church engaged in exchange of relics with the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, representatives of both churches met in official conferences and at the Bulgarian patriarch’s funeral, they celebrated a holiday together as well, where even Bulgarian representatives expressed love for the Macedonian Church’s dellegate as for brothers;[4][5]the leading archbishop of the Church of Greece met with some Macedonians; together the patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church and a Macedonian priest participated in a chirotony, the Macedonian and Romanian churches exchanged relics as well.[6]
  • Self-governing Metropolis of Bessarabia, autonomy is objected by the Russian Orthodox Church
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