Christians around the world concerned about the situation of the UOC, said in the ROC

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Krauledat in photobackpack Holy equal to the apostles Prince Vladimir. Archival photoChristians around the world concerned about the situation of the UOC, said in the ROC© RIA Novosti / Alexander Krajevima the image Bank

The heads and representatives of different Christian denominations have expressed concern in connection with the situation around the Church in Ukraine and urged to solve the conflicts «in the spirit of brotherly Christian love», said on Wednesday RIA Novosti Secretary for inter-Christian relations of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov).

«The Russian Orthodox Church has a wide range of contacts in inter-Christian environment, and our partners from different parts of the world, representatives of different faiths, both publicly and in bilateral contacts expressed serious concern about the situation which has arisen around the question of the so-called «Ukrainian Autocephalous Church», — said the representative of the DECR in response to a request to comment on the attitude of the world of the churches to the subject «Ukrainian autocephaly.»

In particular, he added, such concerns were expressed by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and representatives of other churches.

«To sum up, their position is that Church matters, and in this case, questions concerning the Orthodox Church should be resolved on the basis of its own canons in the spirit of brotherly love and without outside interference,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

He recalled that recently a similar position was officially expressed by the representatives of the Vatican. «As you know, a public statement was published on the website of the Apostolic Nunciature in Kiev, stressing that the Holy see, the Roman Catholic Church considers the situation around the issue of the autocephaly of the Church in Ukraine an internal matter of the Orthodox Church, which the Holy see has not given and does not intend to provide any assessment,» — said hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov).

The interviewee said that Christians throughout the world worried about the danger of a new deep division on the background of existing historical divisions, for heal which in recent decades had taken so much effort.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and of establishing a local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine. Earlier, the Patriarchate of Constantinople «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv. In addition, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has stated that it intends to provide Ukraine Autocephalous. In the UOC called such actions by invading the canonical territory of other local churches and called on Patriarch Bartholomew to stop meddling and «exarchs» of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to leave Kiev.

The Russian Orthodox Church, in turn, went to the actual «break diplomatic relations» with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Synod of the Russian Church announced a cease commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew during the Patriarch’s divine services. In addition, a decision was made to exit from the structures, which is chaired by the representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church with Constantinople was in this crisis only once in all its more than thousand-year history.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad, the Holy Synod of the UOC has suspended the service with the bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. In the Russian Orthodox Church noted that none of the local churches does not support the project of Ukrainian autocephaly.

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