Le Patriarche Jean X d'Antioche soutien l'Eglise Orthodoxe d'Ukraine (canonique)
His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East has expressed his support for the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Moscow Patriarchate, opposing the Ukrainian schisms that turn believers against one another, Russian State Deputy Dmitry Sablin, told Interfax-Religion.
“The patriarch noted that the Antiochian Church stands together with the Russian Church, speaking against the Church schism in Ukraine,” Sablin said today, following a meeting with the Antiochian patriarch.
The Antiochian Church thus stands together with a number of other local Autocephalous Orthodox Churches that havepublicly expressed their support for the canonical Ukrainian Church since the latest provocation of President Petro Poroshenko appealing to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for autocephaly for a new Ukrainian church amalgamated out of the nation’s currently-existing two schismatic bodies.
Sablin is also the Deputy Chairman of the Russian veteran organization Combat Brotherhood. The organization has been a continual source of help and support to those suffering in Syria. The foundation most recently made a sizable donation to St. Thekla Monastery in Maaloula.
ISIS invaded the small town of Maaloula on September 5, 2013, going on a rampage against Christian people and buildings, destroying all holy sites in the city. 3,000 fled the city, leaving only Muslims and the monastery’s forty nuns, twelve of whom were kidnapped by ISIS in early December of the same year. The nuns were released in March, 2014.
The parliamentarian spoke with the patriarch about the difficult situation for Christians in Syria, who have faced persecution and terrorism, including Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo, the patriarch’s younger brother, who was kidnapped by Islamic terrorists five years ago, and whose fate is still unknown.
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