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Constantinople is going after ROC church in Pyongyang, Russian Embassy protests

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Constantinople is going after ROC church in Pyongyang, Russian Embassy protests


05.12.2018

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It was surprising to learn that Patriarchate of Constantinople has claimed it's property Eastern Orthodox church of the Life-Giving Trinity in Pyongyang, commented Russian Embassy in North Korea, TASS reports. The information was published in the Orthodox Korean Metropolis calendar.

Russian diplomats note that the church dedicated to the Trinity was build as a sign of friendship between Russia and North Korea. Ex-North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il has taken a decision to raise the church that started functioning 12 years ago.

The statement says that Patriarchate of Constantinople that appeared in Korea on bayonets of Greek soldiers in 1950s doesn't have any connection with this project.

Today the parish of the Pyongyang church counts about 150 people. The priests are graduated from Moscow and Khabarovsk theological institutions.

Authors of statement sure that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew would not be able to trigger chaos in DPRK, following Ukrainian scenario. At the same time Greeks, the brothers by religion, are welcome. «Patriarch Bartholomew  wouldn't be able to take our church under no circumstances,» concludes the Russian Embassy statement.

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