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Belarus: Holy Synod of Russian Orthodox Church suspends communion with Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople02:10

Belarus: Holy Synod of Russian Orthodox Church suspends communion with Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

Belarus, Minsk
October 15, 2018 at 19:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

The head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, declared that the Russian Orthodox Church was breaking off Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople at the Holy Synod meeting in Minsk on Monday.

“At today's meeting of the Holy Synod, it was decided to completely break the Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople,” Hilarion said.

“This was a forced decision, but our Holy Synod could not accept any other decision, because the whole logic of the recent actions of the Constantinople Patriarchate led to this,” he added.

The Holy Synod, the highest governing body of the Russian Orthodox Church, assembled in Minsk to discuss the latest developments in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s push for independence.

On October 1, it was reported that the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate overturned the decision to excommunicate the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate Patriarch Filaret and the metropolitan of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Macarius.

Ukraine’s autocephaly, for which the first steps were made by Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, could lead to a schism in religious authority in the area.

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The head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, declared that the Russian Orthodox Church was breaking off Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople at the Holy Synod meeting in Minsk on Monday.

“At today's meeting of the Holy Synod, it was decided to completely break the Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople,” Hilarion said.

“This was a forced decision, but our Holy Synod could not accept any other decision, because the whole logic of the recent actions of the Constantinople Patriarchate led to this,” he added.

The Holy Synod, the highest governing body of the Russian Orthodox Church, assembled in Minsk to discuss the latest developments in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s push for independence.

On October 1, it was reported that the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate overturned the decision to excommunicate the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate Patriarch Filaret and the metropolitan of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Macarius.

Ukraine’s autocephaly, for which the first steps were made by Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, could lead to a schism in religious authority in the area.

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