2017-12-08 10:59:00

African patriarch predicts great future to Orthodoxy on his continent

Moscow, December 8, Interfax - Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria and All Africa believes Orthodox faith has great prospects on the African continent.

"I foresee that Orthodoxy in Africa will have great power in future," he said at his meeting with Patriarch Kirill in Moscow.

According to Patriarch Theodore, Orthodoxy is reviving in Africa. "I have not expected it and I witness to new miracles each day," he confessed.

Theodore II noted that great changes were going on in Zimbabwe, Nairobi and an archdiocese uniting five countries was organized in Tanzania.

"My life in Africa makes me look forward. (...) As the Lord gave His apostles a commandment to preach all around the world, I feel that I bear a mission of preaching the Word of God. No matter what difficulties I am facing, I feel that the Lord won't abandon us," the African primate said.

The Alexandrian Church is an autocephalous Orthodox Church that according to the tradition was founded by Apostle Mark. It occupies the second place in the diptych of local Orthodox Churches, its parishes work on 54 countries of the world. Africa and surrounding islands make the canonical territory of the Alexandrian Patriarchate.