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Russian Orthodox Church respects rights of Georgian Orthodox Church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.regnum.ru/english/667980.html Russian Orthodox Church respects extending jurisdictional rights of Georgian Orthodox Church Russian Orthodox Church
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 5, 2006
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      Russian Orthodox Church respects extending jurisdictional rights of
      Georgian Orthodox Church

      Russian Orthodox Church respects extending jurisdictional rights of
      Georgian Orthodox Church

      Read it in Russian: http://www.regnum.ru/news/667980.html

      On July 4, His Holiness Patriarch Alexiy II of Moscow and All Russia met
      with His Holiness and Beatitude Iliya II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All
      Georgia at the World Summit of Religious Leaders. As Russian Orthodox
      Church official web site informs, different aspects of relations between
      the two Manorial Orthodox Churches were discussed.

      In particular, His Holiness Patriarch Alexiy stressed that the Russian
      Orthodox Church respects jurisdictional rights of Georgian Orthodox Church
      in the whole space of its canonical territory and it committed to observing
      canonical norms in inter-Orthodox relations. "We have come to Moscow with
      love in order to express once more our good feelings towards the Russian
      Orthodox Church," the head of the Georgian Patriarchy said and invited His
      Holiness Patriarch Alexiy to visit Georgia again at any convenient time.

      It is worth mentioning that Georgian Holy Synod decided on February 6 to
      restore "one of its historical eparchies" in Armenian territory. The Holy
      Synod enacted: "To restore historically existed Agarak-Tashira Eparchy and
      to subordinate it to Dmanisi bishop whose title should be defined in the
      following way: Bishop of Dmanisi and Agarak-Tashira, Dmanisi pulpit." In
      this connection, Council of Armenian Apostolic Church stated that the new
      Georgian Eparchy "has been established in the northern region of Armenia"
      in places "where the GOC does not have believers." Meanwhile, "the fair
      right of hundreds of thousands of faithful Armenians to receive back
      churches of Armenian Eparchy is ignored" in Georgia, the council's members
      stressed. It is ascertained in the statement of the AAC Council that
      Armenian bishops had not received yet a satisfactory response to their
      appeal to the Georgian state authorities concerning granting to the
      Armenian Eparchy status of non-governmental organization and returning to
      it 6 historical Armenian temples.
      Permanent news address: www.regnum.ru/english/667980.html
      11:03 07/05/2006
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