Russian Orthodox Church

Official website of the Moscow Patriarchate

Русская версияУкраинская версияМолдавская версияГреческая версияАнглийская версия

Primate of Orthodox Church of Jerusalem meets with Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus

Primate of Orthodox Church of Jerusalem meets with Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus
Version for print
5 September 2019 year 12:12

On September 4, 2019, His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem, received in audience the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavsk, who is on a visit to Jerusalem with a blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. 

Present at the meeting were also Archimandrite Alexander (Yelisov), head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, members of the Mission and representatives of the pilgrims groups with whom the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus came to the Holy Land.

Metropolitan Pavel thanked His Beatitude Theophiolos for the warm welcome and the blessing he gave him to come and serve in places associated with the world-salvific feat of Christ the Saviour.

His Beatitude Theophilos said that they in Jerusalem were always glad to welcome pilgrims from various fraternal Local Churches. ‘We are delighted to see you because you, Your Eminence Pavel, lived, served and worked in the Holy Land for many years’, he added.

He also noted that among the most important deeds in the world today are the efforts to preserve the unity of the Holy Orthodox Church. He spoke of the profound grief he feels over the developments in Ukraine today. ‘I recognize only one Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the one which is headed by Metropolitan Onufry’, he said and stressed that, according to holy fathers, schism is the gravest sin against God’s love on which church unity is based.

Metropolitan Pavel expressed heartfelt gratitude to His Beatitude for his firm stand in supporting the unity of Holy Orthodoxy, which will be unshakable if it succeeds in preserving its foundation – the canonical order.

In conclusion of the meeting, the hierarchs exchanged gifts. His Eminence Pavel presented His Beatitude with an icon of the Nativity of Christ executed by Belorussian painters from the St. Elizabeth Monastery in Minsk and the Medal devoted to the 180th anniversary of the Council of Polotsk which abolished the 1596 Union of Brest.

Patriarch Theophilos gave Metropolitan Pavel a commemorative pectoral icon depicting the icon of Our Lady of Jerusalem, the official portal of the Moscow Patriarchate reports with a reference to the site of the Belorussian Orthodox Church.

DECR Communication Service/

Version: Russian

Materials on the theme

Community of the seized church in the Ukrainian village of Pereniatyn prays in a chapel

Volyn authorities intend to ban the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the territory of the region

In various Ukrainian regions, churches continue to be forcibly ‘transferred’ to the schismatic structure

“OCU” representatives fail to seize the church of the canonical Church at the Trans-Carpathian village of Yasinya

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s talk with Primate of Serbian Orthodox Church

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s talk with Primate of Serbian Orthodox Church

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s talk with Primate of Serbian Orthodox Church

Website dedicated to Metropolitan Philaret (Vakhromeyev) begins its work

Patriarchal Exarch for All Belarus conducts the Office for Laying the Foundation of an Old-Rite church

On the anniversary of the birthday of metropolitan Philaret (Vakhromeyev) the memorial study of the ever-memorable archpastor is opened in Mins

Patriarch Kirill Gives Christmas Interview to Rossia TV [Patriarch : Interviews]

Meeting of the Blessed Virgin Mary with St. Elizabeth is commemorated at Gorny Convent

Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches of Jerusalem pointed out the danger to the Christian presence in the Holy City due to the actions of the radicals

Real threat to Christian presence in Jerusalem asserted by participants in protest action in Old City

DECR Chairman meets with His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem