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Church gives Facebook blessing after all.

The bishops of the Macedonian Orthodox Church-Ohrid Archbishopric are going to define more closely the ways of using the social networking site Facebook. They took this decision unanimously at the meeting of the Synod held Thursday two months after they decided to instruct priests, monks and bishops to close their Facebook profiles and ban them from using the site altogether. This means that the ban on using Facebook is not yet final and its validity will be reviewed.

Episcope Kliment, the Secretary of the Holy Synod, said that at its meeting Thursday the Synod went through all its decisions passed in the past year.

"The ways in which this social networking site can be used will be closely defined bearing in mind the public reactions to our decision of two months ago," he said.

Facebook was banned at Metropolitan Petar's initiative, which caused discord sand tension between the older bishops who do not use the Internet at all in their communication with the believers and the younger priests who are active on the social networking sites on a daily basis, especially via their smart phones.

Bishops say they came up with idea to ban the use of Facebook following the protests over the construction of the Church of Ss Konstantin and Elena in the center of Skopje when Metropolitans Agatangel and Pimen exchanged a few harsh words on the Internet.

On the other hand, Metropolitan Timotej, the spokesperson for the Synod of the Macedonia Orthodox Church, is disinterested in discussing this decision. Whenever he is asked to comment on it, he briefly says reporters should turn to Metropolitan Petar, the initiator of the ban.

No priest of the Macedonian Orthodox Church has so far honored the Synod's ban on using Facebook. Priests, bishops and administrators of Facebook pages are still active on the social networking site. Moreover, not only do they not honor the ban but they have also created more Facebook accounts in the meantime.
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Date:Dec 13, 2013
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