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Georgian Patriarchate urges to prevent a schism between the Orthodox Abkhazians

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=8454 16 May 2011, 10:40 Georgian Patriarchate urges to prevent a schism between the Orthodox Abkhazians Tbilisi,
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      16 May 2011, 10:40
      Georgian Patriarchate urges to prevent a schism between the Orthodox
      Abkhazians

      Tbilisi, May 16, Interfax - Georgian Patriarchate urged to prevent a
      schism between the Orthodox Abkhazians.

      "It appears that the cause of this congress is an internal standoff. We
      ask the congress participants and all Orthodox believers living in
      Abkhazia to raise above the processes inspired by outside forces (which
      are the cause of the existing standoffs) and to restore with love and
      peace the canonical unity between us," the Patriarchate said in a
      statement on Sunday.

      "We have always been open to meetings and talks with the Abkhaz clergy
      and laity," the Patriarchate said.

      The ecclesiastical congress, which took place at the New Athos Monastery
      in Abkhazia on Sunday, adopted an appeal to the Primates and Holy Synods
      of all Orthodox Churches, asking to set up an inter-Orthodox commission
      led by a representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch, to discuss the
      canonical status of the "Abkhaz Church".

      The congress created an archdiocese with an arch-see in New Athos.

      "The arch-see will gradually transform into an independent Abkhaz
      Church," said Archimandrite Dorofey (Dbar), chairman of the
      ecclesiastical congress.

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      16 May 2011, 10:39


      A new church organization has created in Abkhazia

      Sukhumi, May 16, Interfax - An ecclesiastical congress has asked to set
      up a commission to discuss the status of an independent "Abkhaz Church".

      The congress, which took place at the New Athos Monastery in Abkhazia on
      Sunday, adopted an appeal to the Primates and Holy Synods of all
      Orthodox Churches, asking to set up an inter-Orthodox commission led by
      a representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch, to discuss the canonical
      status of the "Abkhaz Church", an /Interfax/ correspondent reported.

      It was reported earlier that the ecclesiastical congress created an
      archdiocese with an arch-see in New Athos in Abkhazia on Sunday. The
      congress was convened by young Abkhaz priests at the New Athos Monastery
      cathedral.

      "The arch-see will gradually transform into an independent Abkhaz
      Church," said Archimandrite Dorofey (Dbar), chairman of the
      ecclesiastical congress. He suggested asking the Abkhaz Justice Ministry
      to recognize the ecclesiastical congress as a new Church institution in
      Abkhazia.

      The congress participants voted for appointing the ecclesiastical
      congress as a supreme church-governing body until a fully functional
      institution of the "Abkhaz Orthodox Church" has been formed, and elected
      the Abkhaz arch-see Council that will act as a management body until the
      issue regarding the creation of the "Abkhaz Church" is decided.


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