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Jerusalem Patriarch supports ROC on church unity
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In the conditions of severe trials that Orthodoxy has to endure, the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilus III stated that he fully supported the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). He came to Russia to present the prize of the Fund for the Unity of Orthodox Peoples, Interfax news agency reports. The award ceremony took place on Thursday, November 21.
Before the ceremony, Theophilus III, along with Patriarch Kirill, led the service in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in honor of the celebration of the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. On the eve, the Patriarch of Jerusalem and the head of the ROC met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to Patriarch Theophilos, today's holiday “reminds us of the unity of the Church,” and with the joint communion, the primates of the two Churches “were able to testify in a most vivid way the unity of Orthodoxy” in Christ.
The Jerusalem Patriarch is one of the main allies of the Moscow Patriarchate in the "Ukrainian issue." He did not recognize the schismatic church structure that Constantinople created in Ukraine. The patriarch has repeatedly spoken about the support of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, led by Metropolitan Onufry. Earlier Jerusalem did not allow the envoys of the "new church" of Ukraine to serve in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.