Holy See–Republic of Macedonia relations

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Holy See-Macedonia relations
Map indicating locations of Holy See and Macedonia

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Holy See–Republic of Macedonia relations refer to the bilateral political relations between the Holy See and the Republic of Macedonia.

The Holy See and Macedonia enjoy excellent relations, based on friendship, mutual support and understanding.[1][2][3]


The Republic of Macedonia became an independent country in 1991, when it declared itself independent from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The Holy See was among the countries which supported the Macedonian independence and sovereignty from the very start.[4]

Full diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Macedonia were established on 21 December 1994.[5] However, the Holy See is not among the 131[6] states which recognized Macedonia under its constitutional name, but established relations under the country's UN reference "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".[7]

The Republic of Macedonia gets continuous support from the Holy See, especially when it gets to Macedonia's aspirations to join the European Union.[4]

The Macedonian leadership for almost fifty years annually visits the pope in the Vatican City.[7]

Diplomatic representations[edit]

Until 2002 the embassy of the Republic of Macedonia in Slovenia was acrredited to the Holy See. Since 2002 the Republic of Macedonia maintains an embassy for the Holy See in Rome.[5] The Holy See has an apostolic nunciature to Slovenia in Ljubljana, which is also responsible for Macedonia.[8]

Relations with the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric[edit]

The relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric (MOC-OA) are characterized as good.[7] The Holy See has often and in a variety of ways helped the functioning of the Orthodox Church in Macedonia.[7]

See also[edit]