Head of Greek Church on recognition of the OCU: This is what the USA wanted

25 October 2022 01:24
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Head of Greek Church on recognition of the OCU: This is what the USA wanted

Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Hellas spoke about his meetings with the American and Russian ambassadors on the eve of the recognition of the OCU.

The Primate of the Orthodox Church of Greece, Archbishop Ieronymos, said that America "wanted" him to recognize the OCU, the Dogma edition reports.

In the context of the conversation about the "autocephaly" of the OCU, Archbishop Ieronymos said that regarding the "Ukrainian issue", he was visited by the ambassador of America and three times by the ambassador of Russia.

“I told the American ambassador that I would be on the side of the patriarch (Bartholomew – Ed.), and therefore your will (to recognize the OCU – Ed.) would be fulfilled, but this is not a political choice. I am not doing this because America wants it, I am doing it because I respect what the patriarch stands for,” the head of the GOC noted.

In a conversation with the Russian ambassador, Archbishop Ieronymos said that he and Patriarch Bartholomew were "one family." “How can I leave my family to go somewhere else? I am on the patriarch’s side,” he summed up.

Earlier, the UOJ wrote that the Primate of the Greek Church spoke about cooperation with the US Ambassador on the issue of recognition of the OCU.

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