Dushanbe Orthodox Church in Tajikistan severs ties with Constantinople

Source : 112 Ukraine

There are about 30,000 Orthodox Christians in Tajikistan that makes 0,4% of the country's population
16:12, 17 October 2018


Dushanbe Orthodox Church as a part of the Russian Orthodox Church completely severs ties with Constantinople as Hieromonk Vladimir reported to Radio Liberty.

"We also cannot participate in the Eucharistic communication with Constantinople Church as it violated the canons and intruded on the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church of Ukraine," he said.

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According to a rough estimate, there are about 30,000 Orthodox Christians in Tajikistan that makes 0,4% of the country's population.

The Orthodox parishes of Tajikistan are administratively subordinated to Dushanbe Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church with the diocesan administration in Dushanbe and comprise six churches and houses of worship with 5 priests.

Related: What does Russian Orthodox Church's severing ties with Constantinople mean

On October 11, the Synod lifted the anathema from Filaret, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, and Makariy, the Primate of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Filaret stated that a united Jubilee Bishops' Council would take place soon to create a unified Ukrainian local church.

In addition, the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized Russia’s Orthodox Church annexation of Kyiv metropole in 1686.

Related: Kremlin 'concerned' about breakup between Russian Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarchate

Later the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) decided to completely cease the Eucharistic relations with the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

As is known, the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided to grant the autocephaly for Ukraine's Orthodox Church. The respective document appeared on the official website of the Patriarchate. This outraged the Russian Orthodox Church, which already promised 'a tough and decisive response.'  

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