Friday, March 22, 2013

Antiochian Delegation Meets with Archbishop of Athens about Qatar

Greek original here.

Hierarchs of the Patriarchate of Antioch Meet with Archbishop Hieronymus

According to information exclusive to, a delegation from the Patriarchate of Antioch visited with  Hieronymus, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece yesterday [Wednesday, March 20].

The hierarchs from the Patriarchate of Antioch informed Archbishop Hieronymus of their position regarding the dispute with the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, following the election of "Archbishop Macarius of Qatar" in a region that is considered the Church of Antioch's "canonical" territory.

The Patriarchate of Antioch's delegation continues its contacts with the heads of the autocephalous Orthodox Churches in order to raise their awareness of the issue.

Nevertheless, in the next days there may even be a meeting between the archbishop [of Athens] with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew about the issue, perhaps by telephone.


The Anti-Gnostic said...

The borders of the Patriarchates seem as irrational and problematic as the borders of their host States.

Samn! said...

Well, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem's canonical territory is normally considered to be Palestine and Jordan, that is, the Holy Land as such, as well as Sinai, depending on how one understands the status of St Catherine's monastery.

The territory of the Patriarchate of Antioch is in principle all the Arab countries east of Egypt, apart from Palestine and Jordan, as well as in Turkey, for historical reasons, Mersin and Samandag (ancient Cilicia) and the Hatay province which is culturally Syrian Arab. Anciently, the boundaries of the Patriarchate of Antioch included all of what is now Syria and Lebanon, southern Turkey, and then at least notionally basically everything east of the empire-- so, for example, the churches of Georgia long had a somewhat complicated canonical relationship to Antioch. From the 8th centuries until the Mongols, there were quite a lot of bishops under Antioch in what is now Iraq, Iran, and Central Asia. I posted a bit about this a few years ago--