Joseph Antoine Kelekian, Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate
An apostolic exarchate
is created by the Vatican for the pastoral care of Catholics in an area outside the territory of the Eastern Catholic church to which they belong.
Bulgarian territorial-national aspirations upon Macedonia in modern times basically have been derived from two historical events relating to 19th century Bulgarian history: the establishment of the Bulgarian Exarchate
in 1870 by the Ottoman sultan, and the creation of the Great Bulgaria in 1878 according to the "St.
Properties of the Bulgarian Exarchate
in Istanbul are not only of material value.
This is why the people, the individuals identified as citizens (as a subject without a personal mark--identity) are showing a tough resistance to the modern exarchate
After the Christian population of the bishoprics of Skopje and Ohrid voted in 1874 overwhelmingly in favor of joining the Exarchate
(Skopje by 91%, Ohrid by 97%), the Bulgarian Exarchate
became in control of the whole of Vardar and Pirin Macedonia.
In 1926, an Apostolic Exarchate
was established for the pastoral care of the Byzantine Catholics among them.
This is the second commemorative coin issued by the BNB in 2010; the first one was dedicated to the 140th year since the establishing of the Bulgarian Exarchate
This was to be accomplished through the assistance of the Bulgarian Exarchate
churches and schools in Macedonia, which were financed and politically supported by the Bulgarian state and its various governments of that time
Nevertheless, the campaign for an independent Bulgarian church continued and succeeded on February 28, 1870, when the Ottoman sultan allowed the creation of an independent Bulgarian Exarchate
The Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) will put into circulation on February 22 a silver commemorative coin to mark 140 years of the Bulgarian Exarchate
The UGCC has 9 eparchies, 2 exarchates
, 3,480 communities, and 2,191 clergy members.