Tbilisi, February 21, Interfax - Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia has expressed regret over the current church conflict in Ukraine, the Georgian Patriarchate said.
On Wednesday, Ilia II received a delegation of representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church headed by its chancellor, Metropolitan Antony.
"The meeting was unofficial and the guest informed about the situation in Ukraine and his stance. The metropolitan said that following the handover of the tomos, conflicts regarding the affiliation of churches have been occurring in various temples and regions of Ukraine and it results in a great confrontation between believers and clergymen," the patriarchate said.
Georgia's spiritual leader thanked the guests for their visit and expressed regret about the existing situation in Ukraine. "The patriarch has called for continuing prayers so that the issue could be overcome and the unity of Orthodox Christianity could be preserved with God's help," it said.
The Georgian Orthodox Church has not yet voiced its official stance on the situation surrounding the establishment of a new church independent from the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine. The establishment of this organization took place with support of the Ukrainian authorities and direct participation of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on December 15, 2018. No local church, apart from Constantinople, has recognized this church since then.
As reported, two weeks ago, Metropolitan Luka of Zaporozhye and Melitopol urged the Georgian patriarch to voice support to the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church headed by Metropolitan Onufry.