Metropolitan Hilarion discussed in Damascus the situation of the UOC

© Photo : The Russian Orthodox Church. The Department for external Church casemetropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Primate of the Orthodox Church of AntiochMetropolitan Hilarion discussed in Damascus the situation of the UOC© Photo : the Russian Orthodox Church. The Department for external Church relations

Russian Orthodox Church hopes for the support of Antioch in the matter of «invasion of the Constantinople Patriarchate on the canonical territory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church,» said RIA Novosti head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion, after the meeting with Patriarch of Antioch John X in Damascus.

«We hope that the Antiochian Orthodox Church supports the Russian Orthodox Church on this sensitive issue,» — he said RIA Novosti.

According to him, the Russian Church relations with the Patriarchate of Antioch was very important. «Especially now, when we are faced with the difficult situation in Ukraine, where the wicked have invaded the Patriarchate of Constantinople. We, of course, this subject was also touched upon in our negotiations,» — said Metropolitan Hilarion.

He visited the Syrian capital at the head of the delegation of the interfaith working group of Christian and Muslim leaders of Russia, providing assistance to the people of Syria of all faiths in the restoration of peaceful life, and headed a Church celebration in honor of the 60th anniversary of mission of the Russian Orthodox Church in Damascus.

«We greatly appreciate the support of the Russian state and the Russian Church, the people of Syria. Between our churches strong relationship. And we share the love and respect of the Church of Antioch, of the Syrian people, his Holiness Patriarch Kirill and President Putin and all the brothers in Russia. The mission of the Russian Church – a mission of peace, joy and tranquility everywhere in the world. The voice of Russia is the voice of truth and peace in the international community», — said the Patriarch of Antioch, John X, by taking Metropolitan Hilarion in his Damascus residence.

Interreligious working group on humanitarian assistance to the population of Syria was created in the spring of 2017, in accordance with the decision of the Council for cooperation with religious associations under the Russian President. It included representatives of different Christian confessions and Muslim communities of Russia. The interfaith group made a number of large stock to raise funds, the purchase and delivery of humanitarian assistance to war-affected people of Syria, held round tables with representatives of religious communities in Syria and neighboring Lebanon, where they live more than a million Syrian refugees. In February in Damascus the delegation of the Russian Christian and Muslim religious leaders, distributing humanitarian aid, came under mortar fire from militants. However, humanitarian action was able to implement in full.

The authorities in Kiev and non-canonical Church structure in Ukraine hope till the end of the year to receive the Tomos of autocephaly from Constantinople, but Tomos can get only the Primate of the «United» Church, it needs to select on the «unification Council» of the Orthodox churches in Ukraine, which could take place on November 22. This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in this event.

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 Constantinople Patriarchate on the canonical territory of the ROC. The Synod called canonically void, and saw politics in the abolition of Constantinople by the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction 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.

Metropolitan Hilarion discussed in Damascus the situation of the UOC© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka in the Orthodox world: to be or not to be