On the creation of Moscow Patriarchate exarchates in Western Europe and Southeast Asia
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According to Fr Alexander Volkov, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow Press Secretary, the creation of exarchates by the Russian Orthodox Church in Western Europe and Southeast Asia is a response to the Patriarchate of Constantinople actions in Ukraine.
He explained: ” “We have always respected the Constantinople Patriarchate and we have turned a blind eye to the Constantinople Patriarchate’s ambitions to care for all Orthodox Christians in the diaspora, but of course, this approach has little to do with reality, because there is no reason for the Constantinople Patriarchate to believe that it has the right to take under its spiritual ministry the entire diaspora in Western Europe and in other parts of the world”.

For his part, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said that the Russian Orthodox Church will open new parishes in the world if necessary, including where there are already parishes of the Constantinople Patriarchate. He recalled that about 1,000 parishes in the “diaspora” and several dioceses are in the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Sources in English (Interfax): 1 and 2

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Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne was born and raised in France. She taught English before entering the Cistercian Order. She translated and published articles relevant to her interest in Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She moved to the United States in 2001, converted to Orthodoxy in 2008, and married. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. She continued to publish articles, a Cistercian texts anthology, then finally launched her career in literary translation, while teaching French. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

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