24 October 2019, 14:08
Metropolitan Hilarion has lunch, exchanges gifts with Constantinople representative in U.S
Moscow, October 24, Interfax - Representatives of the Russian, Antioch and Constantinople Churches have met in the United States to discuss the situation in the Orthodox world.
"On October 23, 2019, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, during his working visit to the United States visited the residence of Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America where in the presence of Metropolitan Joseph he took part in a meeting with Archbishop Elpidophoros of the Greek Archdiocese of America," the Russian Orthodox Church website said on Thursday.
The meeting took place at the invitation of Metropolitan Joseph, a representative of the Antiochian Church. After lunch, which was given by Metropolitan Joseph, the three hierarchs met "to exchange opinions on current inter-Orthodox situation," the report said.
Metropolitan Hilarion and the representative of the Constantinople Church exchanged gifts at the end of their meeting.
The recognition by Constantinople of the non-canonical churches of Ukraine a year ago became the reason for the Russian Orthodox Church to sever communion with it.
The new spiral of inter-Orthodox tensions occurred earlier this month after the head of the Greek Orthodox Church had announced its recognition of the new religious structure of Ukraine (the Orthodox Church of Ukraine). The Russian Orthodox Church synod recently held in Moscow blamed the Constantinople Patriarchate for aggravating the crisis in the inter-Orthodox relations.
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