Georgia and the Vatican are sorry for «complex relations» of the Russian Orthodox Church and Constantinople

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Mackinderite in photobacteria-Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II. Archival photoGeorgia and the Vatican are sorry for «complex relations» of the Russian Orthodox Church and Constantinople© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Mackinderite the image Bank

Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II and the Vatican Secretary for relations with States Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher at a meeting in Tbilisi expressed regret in connection with the «complex relations of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Patriarchate of Constantinople» for Ukrainian autocephaly, reported the press service of the Georgian Patriarchate.

«Both parties expressed disappointment in the communications existing today, the complex relations of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Constantinople Patriarchate,» reads the statement of the press service, posted Tuesday on its website.

According to the press service, the bishops noted the importance of protecting religious values because «the world suffers a lack of faith.» Representatives of the Christian and Catholic churches pray for peace, said the Patriarch.

Because of the decision of Constantinople to begin providing non-canonical autocephaly churches in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church is called the schism, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 15 October announced the severance of communication with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the ROC, including Ukraine and Belarus. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called canonically void, and saw policy in the decision of Constantinople to abolish the act 1686 of the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate.

The head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion said that Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy. In the Russian Orthodox Church hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in schism.

Georgia and the Vatican are sorry for «complex relations» of the Russian Orthodox Church and Constantinople© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous

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