The Russian Embassy condemned the claims of Constantinople to the temple in Pyongyang

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Conlmittee of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Archival photo<img src="/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2018/12/e4c4b79da9002f79e204a63715e2aec5.jpg" alt="The Russian Embassy condemned the claims of Constantinople to the temple in Pyongyang” />© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

The Russian Embassy in North Korea called «misplaced ambitions» of the claims of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the Orthodox temple in Pyongyang.

We are talking about the inclusion located in the capital of the DPRK Trinity Church in the calendar issued by the Korean Metropolia of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the occasion of the visit of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

«Orthodox Committee of the DPRK than one or two times a Turkish citizen explained his position: Holy Trinity Church was built as a symbol of the Korean-Russian friendship on the decision of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il. At the request of the DPRK Orthodox Committee of Trinity parish is under the canonical jurisdiction of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia and is a place for prayers, including diplomats of the Russian Embassy. The Ecumenical Patriarchate, which was delivered to Korea on the bayonets of Greek soldiers in the 1950’s, by definition, may not have any relation to this project», — stated in the message of the Embassy in Facebook.

«One could, of course, ignore this next burst of misplaced ambition, which each time received a worthy rebuff of the Korean side. Just recently, Patriarch Bartholomew has been given the heave-Ho when he asked to take it in Pyongyang», — the Embassy notes.

The Church was consecrated in 2006 by Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Kirill, who is now the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. The ruling Bishop of the ward think of Archbishop Sergius of Solnechnogorsk. Now in the Church are the graduates of Russian theological schools.

The parishioners are about 150 people, mostly employees of the Russian Embassy, the temple is sometimes also attended by representatives of the Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian, and Ethiopian diasporas. «We have not seen the Greeks here, but if they come to pray with us – we will be glad to brothers in the faith», — stated in the message of the Embassy.

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