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Tschechien/Slowakei: 21st anniversary of autocephaly of Orthodox Church

28. August 2019

The Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia celebrates on Tuesday its 21st anniversary since the bestowing of autocephaly by the Ecumenical Patriarch in 1998. The history of this Church dates back to the 9th century legacy of Sts Cyril and Methodius, the enlighteners of the Slavs. Its modern history started after World War I when Czechoslovakia was mainly inhabited by Catholics. At that time, many Russians and Ruthenians came to Czechoslovakia. Among them, priest Matej Pavlik, the future Orthodox bishop and martyr Gorazd, stood out. He had a major influence in the country’s future and was declared a saint in 1987.

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