We faced difficulties in our relations but God’s wisdom always prevailed, Constantinople’s delegation said to Kirill

10 July 2018, 11:20 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 1 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

One of the Phanar’s blog posts has reported that during a meeting on July 9 in Moscow with the delegation of Constantinople, Patriarch Kirill expressed regret at the absence of Patriarch Bartholomew at this meeting.

Let's add that the delegation of Constantinople was represented by Metropolitan Emmanuel of France and Metropolitan Bartholomew of Smyrna.


Details of the conversation are not reported, neither are they reported on the official website of the Russian Orthodox Church, although it is known that the delegation flew to Moscow to discuss the “Ukrainian issue”.

Relygiyna Pravda media outlet provides a translation of the words of one of the representatives of the Constantinople Patriarchate Metropolitan Emmanuel of France at the meeting, addressed to the Head of the ROC and to those attending:

“You referred to the ties that bind us, and this connection is sacred. Our Churches have experienced moments of not only greatness and glory, but also difficult moments in history. We have always had a loving relationship and a spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation, although sometimes we faced difficulties in these relationships, but the wisdom of God always prevailed,” said Metropolitan Emmanuel of France during the meeting.

Earlier, official representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, in particular Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) -- who is considered to be the “right hand” of Patriarch Kirill -- have repeatedly warned that in the case of the provision by Constantinople of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, “a universal split equal to the split in 1054 that divided the Church into the East and West may also occur.”

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  • Mauricio | 11 July 2018, 04:25
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    The so called Hilarion ¨threats¨ with a split . Split from whom? They will be alone and isoleted, as russians like to be, thinking the whole world is their enemy. Poor pathetic creatures! May the Lord has piety on you!

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  • В. Ясеневий | 16 July 2018, 06:21

    Браво, п. Ольга! От якби так правильно розуміли це всі єпископи наших традиційних Церков і відповідно діяли б. А то скільки пасивності у них було до цього надважливого питання за всі роки нашої

  • Mauricio | 14 July 2018, 16:37

    moscow, russia, putin .... same rubbish. As their vessel sinks, they want their neighbours to sink with them. They better worry about china who hast taken vast lands in siberia and eastern russia.

  • В. Ясеневий | 14 July 2018, 12:52

    Десь пропали відомі Михаил і Н. Григорьев. А може вже покинули ненависну їм Україну і спасаються в свїй любій благоддатній расеї?

  • В. Ясеневий | 14 July 2018, 12:38

    І чи обов'язково є Христос там, де є Папа? До 1054 року без найменшого сумніву Ісус був "біля Папи". А після??? Не знаю. Правда в наш час картина повністю змінилася.

  • Fr. Valerii | 14 July 2018, 11:49

    Папа не може бути неправдивим. Є три опції: 1) Папа, 2) Антипапа, 3) Седе Ваканте.

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