23 March 2019, Saturday, 10:37
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ROC Parishioners Banned From Praying On Athos

The Moscow Patriarchate is losing touch with the world's shrines.

The Russian news agency TASS reports that a spokesman for Patriarch Kirill, Alexander Volkov, said that the parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Church will not be able to pray and partake in the temples on Mount Athos.

“Athos is the canonical territory of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, with all the ensuing consequences,” – Volkov said.

We remind that on October 15, the synod of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to abandon the Eucharistic communion with Constantinople.

Earlier, the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate canceled the Synod’s letter of 1686, after which the Kiev metropolitan came under the jurisdiction of Moscow, restored the canonical status of the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, Filaret, and the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, Macarius. The process of providing tomos continues.

According to the head of the UOC-KP, Filaret, the tomos will be received after the election of the head of the patriarchate at the “unifying council,” in which the hierarchs of the Kiev Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Orthodox Autocephalous Church and the Moscow Patriarchate will take part.

The representative of the UOC-MP, Archbishop Clement, said that the dioceses of the Moscow Patriarchate do not intend to participate in the unification of the Ukrainian churches.

According to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, some representatives of the UOC-MP are ready to take part in the creation of a single Ukrainian church under the rule of Constantinople.

In response, Moscow offered to convene an emergency Pan-Orthodox Council to overthrow Patriarch Bartholomew and the members of his Synod.