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Односи између Српске и Бугарске православне цркве у периоду 1918−1941. године
Relations between Serbian and Bulgarian Orthodox Church in the period 1918−1941

Author(s): Radmila Radić
Subject(s): History of Church(es), International relations/trade, Politics and religion, Interwar Period (1920 - 1939), Eastern Orthodoxy, Sociology of Religion
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: Kingdom of SHS / Yugoslavia; Kingdom of Bulgaria; Serbian Orthodox Church; Bulgarian Orthodox Church;
Summary/Abstract: Serbian and Bulgarian Orthodox Church entered into a process of gradual rapprochement during the interwar period. The process was aiming to overcome feelings of mutual distrust and bitterness caused by the ongoing implications of the ‘Macedonian Question’ and maltreatment of the Serbian priesthood under the Bulgarian occupation of Serbia during World War I. An important role of intermediary in this process of reconciliation was played by organization ‘The World Alliance for International Friendship through the Churches’. After the church delegates faced many difficulties; a final breakthrough in negotiations took place on the meetings held in the monastery of Rila in Bulgaria in 1933 and the monastery of St. Naum in Ohrid in 1936. Since then, the relations between the two churches became more or less sett led until the April War in Yugoslavia in 1941. Namely, as a consequence of the partition of the Yugoslav territory the Bulgarian Orthodox Church had assumed jurisdiction over three Serbian Orthodox Church dioceses in Macedonia.