Abkhazia broke away from Georgian Church

Sukhumi-Abkhazian diocese out of the composition of the Georgian Orthodox Church, said the acting administrator of the diocese priest Bessarion Apliaa.

On air Abkhaz television, he said that the diocese was renamed in the Abkhaz Orthodox Church.

According to Bessarion, the decision was made Tuesday at the Sukhumi cathedral at a meeting of all the clergy the diocese.

According to him, the Abkhaz clergy intends to ask the Moscow Patriarchate to support the decision on the separation of the diocese.

Previously Managing Sukhumi-Abkhazian diocese stressed that the Abkhaz Church is seeking to become self-governing within the Moscow Patriarchate.

Meanwhile, the head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Archbishop Hilarion Volokolamsky previously emphasized that the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) recognizes the canonical territory of the Georgian Church, which includes the breakaway republic.

16 September 2009 | apliaa, church, diocese, orthodoxy

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