27 July 2011, 14:40
Abkhazia, S. Ossetia remain within Georgian Church's jurisdiction - Patriarch Kirill
Kiev, July 27, Interfax - Abkhazia and South Ossetia remain canonical territories of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said.
"It is absolutely obvious that the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia remain within the Georgian Patriarchate's canonical jurisdiction," Patriarch Kirill told journalists following negotiations with Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia at the Kiev Monastery of the Caves.
On the other hand, "certain canonical disorder" exists at the moment, he said.
"This concerns both places, and the recent events in Abkhazia showed particularly that this canonical disorder causes damage to people's spiritual lives," he said.
"Having discussed the situation in an open and brotherly atmosphere," Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II and Patriarch Kirill agreed to continue their dialogue "so as to approach some decisions in the future with God's grace, which should help the two Churches to pacify the lives of the Orthodox people in those places, reinstate canonical order and, what is the most important, prevent any schismatic actions obstructing the salvation of people's souls," Patriarch Kirill said.
He said the two religious leaders also discussed inter-Orthodox relations, "on which our views also coincided."
"I thank God that we can speak unanimously on many issues now," he added.