Kiro Stojanov

Monsignor Dr Kiro Stojanov (9 April 1959 in the village of Radovo, Bosilovo Municipality) is the Roman Catholic Bishop of Skopje and the Eparchial Bishop of the Macedonian Catholic Eparchy of the Blessed Virgin Mary Assumed in Strumica-Skopje of the Macedonian Greek Catholic Church.

Kiro Stojanov
Bishop of Skopje
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InstalledJuly 20, 2005
PredecessorJoakim Herbut
Other postsBishop of the Eparchy of Strumica-Skopje (since 2018)
OrdinationApril 6, 1986
ConsecrationMay 1, 1999
Personal details
Birth nameKiro Stojanov
Born (1959-04-09) April 9, 1959 (age 61)
Radovo, Bosilovo Municipality, SFR Yugoslavia
DenominationCatholic Church (Latin Church and Macedonian Greek Catholic Church)
Previous postApostolic exarch of Macedonia (2005-2018)
Titular Bishop of Centuriones (1999-2005)
Auxiliary Bishop of Skopje (1999-2005)


He was ordained as a priest in 1986, and from 1999 to 2005 he was simultaneously titular bishop of Centuriones and auxiliary of the Skopje Diocese which was then led by Monsignor Joakim Herbut. In 2003 he joined the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

In 2005, he succeeded Joakim Herbut as both Roman Catholic Bishop of Skopje and Apostolic exarch of Macedonia, becoming the head of the Macedonian Greek Catholic Church. On 31 May 2018, the apostolic exarchate was elevated to the rank of an eparchy (diocese) as the Macedonian Catholic Eparchy of the Blessed Virgin Mary Assumed in Strumica-Skopje, of which Mgr Stojanov became the first eparch.[1]

He is the first Catholic bishop of Macedonian ethnicity in 104 years.[citation needed]


  • Kiro Stojanov: Dialogue based on the foundations that connect us. A contribution toward strengthening relations among the churches and religious communities in Macedonia. In: Journal of Ecumenical Studies 39(2002), Nr. 1-2, S. 73-76.
  • Neue Malteser in Makedonien aufgenommen. In: Malteser Kreuz 2003, Heft 3/4.

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  1. ^ "Elevazione dell'Esarcato Apostolico per i fedeli cattolici di rito bizantino residenti nella ex-Repubblica Jugoslava di Macedonia ad Eparchia e nomina del primo Vescovo Eparchiale". the Holy See Press Service (in Italian). 2018-05-31.

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