Jurisdictional disputes between Antioch & Jerusalem Patriarchates
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Jurisdictional disputes arose between Antioch and Jerusalem Patriarchates
The subject of the controversy -- territory of Qatar and other Persian Gulf states
ATHENS. The Greek church news agencies "Amen" and "Romfeya" report that the Patriarchate of Antioch protested the March 4, 2013 election by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem of Archimandrite Makarios to be Archbishop Qatar. The Antiochian Orthodox Church considers Qatar along with other Arab Gulf states within its jurisdiction.
The protest by the Patriarchate of Antioch states that "the decision inflicts a deep wound in the fraternal relations between the Churches of Antioch and Jerusalem. This action is made in the critical period experienced by the churches in the Middle East, which threatens the very existence of Christians in the region."
Responding, the Jerusalem Patriarchate said that back in 1996 when the late Patriarch Diodoros appointed a representative to Qatar, the current Patriarch Theophilos III, who opened a first Orthodox church of St.George the Victorious and the Venerable Isaac the Syrian this did not cause any reaction in the Church of Antioch, and hoped that the misunderstanding between sister Churches will soon be settled.
Moreover, journalists noted that in 2010, Patriarch Theophilos made pastoral visits to Qatar and served the Divine Liturgy in the newly built church.
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