The Russian Orthodox Church Holy Synod has decided on September 12 to suspend mentioning Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople during their liturgy.
Also suspended will be the con-celebration with hierarchs of the Patriarch of Constantinople and participation in all the structures chaired or co-chaired by representatives of Constantinople.
According to the Russian Metropolitan Hilarion the reasons for this decision is that the Patriarchate of Constantinople unlawfully invaded the canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate by appointing two exarchs to Kiev, Ukraine. The Russian Church constitutes half of the orthodox population in the world.
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