Russian Orthodox Church

Official website of the Moscow Patriarchate

Русская версияУкраинская версияМолдавская версияГреческая версияАнглийская версия
Patriarchate

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: the Russian Church is compelled to set up her parishes in the African continent

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: the Russian Church is compelled to set up her parishes in the African continent
Version for print
7 February 2022 year 12:38

“Christians in Africa need to be protected by Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church, not of her own free will but by perforce, has set up a Patriarchal Exarchate in Africa in order to offer a canonical asylum for African clergy who did not wish to follow the Patriarch of Alexandria in recognizing and legitimizing the Ukraine schism”, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the DECR, stressed.

The establishment of a Patriarchal Exarchate for Africa was a forced measure, the head of the Department for External Church Relations noted, “No incursion from our side was made into the canonical boundaries of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria, as we simply responded to the requests of African clergy”.

“In the Orthodox Church, the clergy and the faithful face a simple choice: Are you with a canonical Church or with schismatics? African clergy now have to make this choice”, the hierarch said.

Earlier, when there was the Eucharistic communion between the two Churches, in the Russian Church, the Russian-speaking believers living in Africa were advised to come to churches of the Patriarchate of Alexandria. “Now, regrettably, we cannot say this to them because the Patriarchate of Alexandria has associated itself with schismatics. Accordingly, now we have to set up our own parishes for our Russian-speaking parishes - the parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church”, the DECR head stated.

DECR Communication Service/Patriarchia.ru

Version: Russian, Greek

Materials on the theme

Clergy of the Northern Deaneries of the Eastern American Diocese of ROCOR call for the protection of the persecuted Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The world should not shut eyes to the Orthodox faithful in Ukraine, a hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia believes

The World Council of Churches has expressed concern over the situation of the Kiev Lavra of the Caves

Metropolitan Gabriel of Lovech: Struggle for the destruction of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is outside limit

Holy Synod establishes impossibility of commemorating new Primate of the Church of Cyprus

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill addresses religious leaders and representatives of international organizations due to the situation around the Kiev Lavra of the Caves

Synod: Decisions of the Patriarchate of Alexandria on the hierarchs and clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church are invalid

Reply by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill to His Beatitude the Patriarch of Alexandria Theodore [Patriarch : Messages]

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: the Russian Church is compelled to set up her parishes in the African continent

Statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church of 28th January 2022 [Documents]

Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk attended the reception given on the occasion of the state visit to Russia made by PRC President Xi Jinping

Holy Synod calls upon international community to speak out in defence of persecuted Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Joint meeting of the Commission on International Cooperation and the Interreligious Working Group for the Protection of Believers takes place

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with a delegation of religious figures and scholars from Iran

Second meeting of the Commission for Dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ethiopian Church is held

Russia welcomes a delegation of the Ethiopian Church

Synod: Decisions of the Patriarchate of Alexandria on the hierarchs and clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church are invalid

Patriarchal Exarchate for Africa granted the state certificate of registration in Uganda

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill expressed brotherly support to Primate of the Church of Jerusalem in view of radicals’ attack on the Church of the Dormition in Gethsemane

Metropolitan Gabriel of Lovech: Struggle for the destruction of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is outside limit

Holy Synod establishes impossibility of commemorating new Primate of the Church of Cyprus

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill addresses religious leaders and representatives of international organizations due to the situation around the Kiev Lavra of the Caves