The Patriarch of Alexandria was supported by the ROC on the issue of the Church in Ukraine

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Alexandria and all Africa Theodore II. Archival photoThe Patriarch of Alexandria was supported by the ROC on the issue of the Church in Ukraine© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The Alexandrian Orthodox Church supports the opinion of the Russian Church on the situation of the canonical Church in Ukraine, told RIA Novosti the Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa Theodore II.

«The Church must be governed according to the sacred canons. Politicians have their own ideas, instructions, ordinances, but politicians come and go, but the Church stands firmly for 2 thousand years. In this sense, the Patriarchate of Alexandria agrees with the opinion of the Russian Church about what political pressure can not resist. When the separated state, then the Church is wrong,» — said the Primate of Alexandria.

In the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Alexandria is composed of 54 African countries and more than 15 million believers.

Theodore II had previously participated in the celebrations on the occasion of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Russia in Moscow. Together with Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill celebrated the divine Liturgy at the Cathedral square in the Kremlin, and then led a numerous procession to the monument to Prince Vladimir.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is trying to introduce non-canonical Orthodox structures in the country and creation on their basis one local Autocephalous Church. In response to the appeal of the secular authorities, the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople declared that «has decided on the request to be in close communion with the other sister Orthodox churches for their information and coordination». On Saturday Poroshenko said that the government will not interfere in internal Church Affairs, but again spoke of the need of autocephaly for Ukraine.

The episcopate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church responded that the issue is about the attempts of external forces to turn the Church into a compound of geopolitics, of ideology and national security, although this is contrary to the vocation of the Church. In the UOC believe that the Church should not be a tool in the hands of the state or political ideology, no matter where it comes from. The bishops believe that attempts to change the status of the Church in Ukraine will deepen the rift in Orthodoxy and society and will lead to the restriction of rights and freedoms.

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