Today this has become accepted and people have understood that eventually there is going to be a solution in which the role of the religious institutions and leadership of the Islamic, Christian and Jewish communities have to be involved," Patriarch Theophilos III told Gulf News in a private audience in the Greek Patriarchate buildings in the heart of Jerusalem's Old City.
When I told him that my visit was more journalistic, he took me to meet Archbishop Aristachos, who is the Chief Secretary of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate.
The Moscow Patriarchate appointed a bishop for Galicia and, in a pastoral letter signed by Patriarch Aleksei, accused Metropolitan Sheptytsky and the Vatican of holding pro-Nazi sympathies.
Beginning in 1989, thousands of parishes left the Moscow Patriarchate and registered in the now-legal UGCC.
NNA - Head of the Bloc of Reform and Change, General Michel Aoun, accompanied by a delegation of members of said bloc, on Tuesday visited the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Deir Balamand in Koura, to express solidarity with the patriarchate after the abduction of two metropolitans in Aleppo yesterday.
Yet, later on, a new statement issued by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Balamand saying that the patriarchate has thus far received no tangible evidence of the release of the two metropolitans.
Patriarchate of Antioch and all East for Greek Orthodox and Patriarchate of Antioch and all East for Syriac Orthodox condemned the abduction of the two Bishops, while they were returning to Aleppo.
Meanwhile, Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchate in Damascus strongly condemned the abduction of the two Bishops by an armed terrorist group in Aleppo countryside, calling on all sides to preserve their lives and release them.
The jurisdictional and nationalistic tensions that arise from time to time among various Orthodox patriarchates
are not discussed.
In addition, it seems clear from the March 22 statement that the creation of new patriarchates in the West is not in the cards since the document says that bishops' conferences and international associations of conferences represent "the canonical order adequate for the necessities of today.
Some experts wondered if the statement goes too far in suggesting a kind of equivalence between patriarchates in the East and bishops' conferences in the West.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC)-Moscow Patriarchate has 10,628 registered organizations, most of which are located in the central, southern, and eastern parts of the country.
There is no state religion; however, the UOC-Moscow Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church tend to dominate in the east and west of the country respectively.
It also shows that, after the estrangement of East from West, additional factors such as the creation of titular Latin "patriarchates
" and the establishment of new Eastern patriarchates
that did not include all the same characteristics of their earlier counterparts tended to overshadow the structure's relevance.
Contemporary Orthodoxy is divided between the two patriarchates
of Byzantium and Moscow, and the numerous autocephalous or autonomous churches of the Byzantine east that are not in communion with Rome.