Church of Antioch called upon to urgently convene a pan-Orthodox Council

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in photovacation of Antioch and all the East John X. Archival photoChurch of Antioch called upon to urgently convene a pan-Orthodox Council© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye the image Bank

The Holy Synod of the Antiochian Orthodox Church has called for an urgent meeting of the heads of the Orthodox churches to discuss the situation around the issue of granting autocephaly to the UOC and urged not to make any hasty decisions before the General Assembly, said in a statement published on the official website of the Patriarchate of Antioch.

From 3 to 6 October in the city of Balamand in the North of Lebanon had the tenth plan and the eleventh extraordinary session of the Holy Synod of Antioch headed by the Patriarch of Antioch of the Ion X (Johan, Yazici).

«Antioch Church Patriarch calls for an urgent meeting of the heads of the independent Orthodox churches to discuss the recent developments in the Orthodox world on the issue of granting independence to the new churches and the search for common solutions before making any final decisions on this issue», — said in a statement.

Church of Antioch expressed its extreme concern in connection with attempts to reshape the geography of the Orthodox churches by rewriting history. The Holy Synod believes that the interpretation of history not unilaterally serve the unity of Orthodoxy, but on the contrary inciting disagreements between the churches.

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, though, and promised not to interfere in the Affairs of the Church. 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.

Church of Antioch called upon to urgently convene a pan-Orthodox Council© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous

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