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Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus is at the Ecumenical Patriarchate to meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
The visit is part of the invitation of the Ecumenical Patriarch to the Hierarch of Cyprus.
The Ecumenical Patriarch had invited the Primate of Cyprus to concelebrate the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of Orthodoxy.
The Ecumenical Patriarch expressed joy when he saw the Archbishop after his poor health condition and hoped that the Archbishop would live many years and with the grace of God would be at the helm of the Church of Cyprus while being the strong and steadfast pillar of Cypriot devoutness and Orthodoxy.
Archbishop Chrysostomos said that he thanked God for deeming him worthy to make his first trip to the Holy Center of Orthodoxy, after his treatment in the US.
“I am grateful that the Ecumenical Patriarch invited me to concelebrate the Divine Liturgy on Sunday of Orthodoxy. This is even more important to me after travelling to the US for my treatment,” the Archbishop said.
Gepostet von Ecumenical Patriarchate am Donnerstag, 5. März 2020
Archbishop Chrysostomos stressed that the relations of the Churches of Constantinople and Cyprus “will always be fraternal.” Archbishop Chrysostomos noted that the two men have been friends for over 42 years.
“We got to know each other when we both were new bishops in Switzerland at the pan-Orthodox conferences.”
As the Archbishop of Cyprus emphasized, “The problem of Orthodoxy for me, and I believe for His All-Holiness too, is not whether I will recognize the primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. It makes no sense. The problem for me is the problems of Orthodoxy. Unfortunately, some have not realized it yet. I have realized that they have not understood the problems of Orthodoxy. They have not realized what we were doing at the Pan-Orthodox Council. We have done enough, of course, we do not apply them.”
Concerning the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate beyond its territory and the granting of autocephaly to the local Churches which clearly define their boundaries, the Archbishop said that in recent meetings with other primates he urged them not to exceed those limits, nor did they send their bishops to foreign jurisdiction, on the pretext that there were many of their compatriots on that region, thus opposing ecclesiastical order and tradition.