2019-01-18 14:34:00

Patriarch of Antioch says opposes actions aimed at dividing Orthodox

Damascus, January 18, Interfax - Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East says he supports the unity of Orthodox Churches.

"We, for our part, have appealed to the ecumenical patriarch in Constantinople and asked him to make efforts to unite the Churches and resolve the differences that have arisen. We deeply regret this situation and we fully support you on this issue," the patriarch said during a meeting with Russian parliamentarians devoted to the situation of the Church in Ukraine.

The Church of Antioch, as an Orthodox Church, would very much like to "maintain the unity of Orthodox Christians in the world," he said.

"We strongly oppose what is now happening in the entire Orthodox world, which is partly aimed at dividing and weakening Orthodox Churches," the patriarch said.

He praised Russia's assistance to the people of Syria. "What Russia, the people of Russia, and the Russian Church are doing in Syria is aimed, above all, at helping the people of Syria, at bringing peace to the Syrian land," he said.

A delegation of Russian parliamentarians is now visiting Syria. It includes Dmitry Sablin, the coordinator of the group of friendship of the parliaments of Russia and Syria, Sergey Gavrilov, the chairman of the State Duma Committee on the Development of Civil Society, and Dmitry Belik, the Duma deputy from Sevastopol.