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Macedonian Greek Catholic Church

Macedonian Byzantine Catholic Church
Classification Catholic
Orientation Eastern Catholic, Byzantine Rite
Polity Episcopal
Structure Apostolic Exarchate[gci 1]
Leader Bishop Kiro Stojanov[gci 2]
Region Macedonia
Headquarters Assumption of Mary Cathedral, Strumica, Macedonia
Founder John Paul II
Origin 2008
Separated from Byzantines of Križevci[cnewa 1]
Branched from Catholic
Congregations 7
Members 15,037
Ministers 11[cnewa 2]
Other name(s) Apostolic Exarchate of Macedonia[gci 1]

The Macedonian Byzantine Catholic Church is a Byzantine Rite sui juris Eastern Catholic Church in full union with the Roman Catholic Church which uses the Macedonian language in the liturgy.

The Macedonian Church consists of a single Apostolic Exarchate.[gci 1]

HistoryEdit

An Apostolic Exarch was appointed for Macedonia as early as 1883 until 1922/1924[gci 2][cha 1] as part of the Bulgarian Greek Catholic Church.[1] After the end of World War I and the foundation of Yugoslavia, the Exarchate was absorbed into the Eparchy of Križevci. The Holy See has since 2001 appointed the Latin Bishops of Skopje as the Apostolic Exarch of Macedonia. [cnewa 1] The Catholic Church separated the Exarchate from the Byzantines of Križevci in 2008. [2]

StatisticsEdit

As of 2010, the Church's membership was estimated at approximately 15,037 faithful, with one bishop, 7 parishes, 11 priests, and 18 religious sisters.[cnewa 2]

Year Members Priests Parishes
2000 10,000 10 8
2001 6,320 9 5
2002 11,000 8 5
2003 11,367 8 5[cha 1]
2004 11,367[cnewa 3] 9 5[cha 1]
2005 11,398 9 5[cnewa 3]
2006 11,483 8 5[cnewa 4]
2007 11,491 8 5[cnewa 5]
2008 15,175 10 6[cnewa 6]
2009 15,041 11 7[cnewa 7]
2010 15,037 11 7[cnewa 2]

ExarchEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 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.)
  2. ^ Roberson, Ronald G. "Eastern Catholic Statistics 2008". Eastern Catholic Statistics. cnewa.org. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  1. ^ a b c d Cheney, David M. "Apostolic Exarchate of Macedonia". All Dioceses. catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  1. ^ a b Roberson, Ronald G. "Greek Catholic Churches in Former Yugoslavia". Eastern Catholic Churches. Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2010 Statistics". Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2005 Statistics". Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2006 Statistics". Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2007 Statistics". Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2008 Statistics". Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Ronald Roberson. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2009 Statistics". Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  1. ^ a b c "Macedonian Church". Catholic Dioceses in the World. GCatholic. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Apostolic Exarchate of Macedonia". Catholic Dioceses in the World. GCatholic. Retrieved 11 January 2012.