The ROC will direct the priest to South Korea

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The Russian Orthodox Church will receive the Christmas in South Korea priest for the Russian-speaking believers who had attended the churches of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, it is made in connection with the severance of relations with the ROC Panaram due to its actions in Ukraine, said Friday the head of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, who is visiting Seoul.

«Korea is a country where, until the 1950s, acted the Russian ecclesiastical mission, founded in the XIX century. But then it was abolished and its assets transferred to the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Until recently, our spiritually nourishes the faithful in the churches of the Patriarchate, but now it has become impossible. So by next Christmas I’ll send back the priest, and with the time necessary to create a full-fledged parish. About hot ask local believers who have submitted to me a petition with lots of signatures,» — said Metropolitan Hilarion in his interview to Orthodox portal «Jesus.»

He called the paradoxical situation in which North Korea, where atheism is the official ideology, has a full-fledged parish of the Russian Church with its temple, and in the South there is neither Church nor parish. «Will this situation be corrected,» – said the head of the DECR.

Earlier, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Cyril has appointed the priest at the Russian Embassy Church in Istanbul for the organization of pastoral care of believers and commit to regular worship. It is also made in connection with impossibility of continuation of the Eucharistic communion with Constantinople.

In the Church of SS Constantine and Helena in the territory of the summer residence of Russian Consulate in Istanbul, priest George Sergeev, appointed acting rector of the Church, November 11, celebrated the first divine Liturgy.

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. This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in this event. The Chairman of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion called the «unification Council» «predatory bunch».

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.

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