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    http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n276795 What is most important to Macedonian Orthodox Church is to return to canonical field, says Russian bishop 29
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      What is most important to Macedonian Orthodox Church is to return to
      canonical field, says Russian bishop
      29 April 2012 | 13:51 | FOCUS News Agency

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      Sofia. What is most important to the Macedonian Orthodox Church is for
      it to return to the canonical field, bishop Hilarion, Chairman of
      External Church Relations Department of the Moscow Patriarchate, said in
      an interview with Bulgarian National Radio.

      He says there are many models of church structure, which, without
      obligatory recognition of autocephaly, can give the church actual
      independence.
      “I think we should not stick to Greek terms, such as autocephaly and
      autonomy. It is necessary to set up a model that would satisfy the
      Macedonian church, but which will enable it [the church] to keep in
      contact with the canonical Orthodox churches and not to stay outside
      this process, as it does now,” said bishop Hilarion.

      According to him the issue should be settled in a dialog between the
      Serbian and Macedonian orthodox churches. The Russian Orthodox Church is
      always ready to help in this process and suggest solutions based on our
      own experience, he added.

      He says the Balkans is a very complex region.

      It is not an accident that the world wars started with the Balkans and
      today the region is at a crossroads of two civilization paradigms. On
      the side, this is the western civilization, which works in favor of
      secular values, and the view of the world through this prism. On the
      other side, the east Christian heritage preserved by the local orthodox
      churches is very important in the process of globalization when the
      Balkan countries integrate into the European Union, bishop Hilarion said
      further in the interview.

      He also noted the relations between Russia and Bulgaria were developing
      and added there were no problems between the two churches.
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