2018-11-14 11:05:00

Duma proposes drawing up map of Greek churches, monasteries Russian Orthodox believers can visit

Moscow, November 14, Interfax - The State Duma Committee on the Development of Civil Society has suggested drawing up a map with Greek churches and monasteries that Russian pilgrims can visit following the severing of relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Constantinople Patriarchate.

"We propose creating a map of sites that our pilgrims can visit and one of sites that cannot be visited due to the Russian Orthodox Church's stance," First Deputy Chair Ivan Sukharev said at the committee meeting.

"The situation has heated up, and the interparliamentary group of friendship between Russia and Greece recently held a meeting at which quite a lot of people asked which churches Russian Orthodox Church believers can visit in Greece, which monasteries [they can] visit, and which islands, for instance, should be avoided for visits," Sukharev said.

"This is a very important proposal, so let's think together about authorizing central religious organizations to draw up a map," Chair Sergey Gavrilov said.

On October 11, the Constantinople Patriarchate's Synod in Istanbul abolished its 1686 decree handing the Kiev Metropolitanate over to Moscow, announced the creation of a mission in Kiev, and rehabilitated the leaders of self-proclaimed Orthodox churches in Ukraine. The Moscow Patriarchate's Synod responded by severing ties with Constantinople.