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  • ambrois@xtra.co.nz
    09 November 2010, 13:20 Russian Church is ready to assist Constantinople to create favorable conditions for pastoral care of Orthodox population in Turkey
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      09 November 2010, 13:20

      Russian Church is ready to assist Constantinople to create favorable
      conditions for pastoral care of Orthodox population in Turkey

      Athens, November 9, Interfax - Head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department
      for External Church Relations Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk says the
      Russian Orthodox Church is ready to help the Constantinople Patriarchate in
      the pastoral care of people arriving to Turkey from Russian and other former
      CIS republics.

      "Speaking about Turkey, we should be aware of the fact that apart from a
      rather tiny Greek minority there is also quite a large number of people from
      Russia and from other republics of the Soviet Union who belong to the
      Orthodox Church. All of them who are practicing believers are the new flock
      of the Ecumenical Patriarchate," Metropolitan Hilarion told in his interview
      to Greek Omega TV .

      According to the Archbishop's information, there are already priests in the
      Ecumenical Patriarchate who speak Russian and who work pastorally with these
      people.

      "So, I think the situation, though difficult, is not without hope. And the
      flock of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey is constantly growing. And
      this is a good sign and of course we are ready to assist the Ecumenical
      Patriarchate in every way in creating conditions for the pastoral care of
      all this Orthodox population regardless of their ethnic origin," the
      Department head said.

      Besides, Metropolitan Hilarion urged to "express solidarity, and not only in
      words but also in deeds, with Christian minorities worldwide and in
      particular with Orthodox minorities who live in the Middle East, who live in
      Turkey and who live in other places where historically they constitute the
      majority but for various reasons - including demographic reasons - they are
      becoming a minority."

      http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=7881
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