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Archdiocese of Albania: “The Archbishop’s views on Ukraine and Africa were clearly stated in his texts“

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The Archdiocese of Albania issued a statement regarding the recent developments in the issue of Ukrainian Autocephaly and the illegal intrusion of the Moscow Patriarchate into territories under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Alexandria.

Specifically, the announcement pointed out that the views of Archbishop Anastasios of Albania on these issues “have been clearly stated in his texts that have been responsibly published from 2019 until recently.”

In fact, the announcement clarified that any other interpretive effort “does not correspond to reality”.

In his recent commentary on the decision of the Russian Church to create an “Exarchate of Africa”, Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana had stated that “this is a painful development.”

He even added that claiming that there is no schism in Orthodoxy is like claiming that there is no coronavirus (“The claim that there is no schism in Orthodoxy but just disagreements is like the theory that there is no coronavirus”).

Read below the announcement of the Archdiocese of Albania:

The Archdiocese of Tirana clarifies that the views of His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and all Albania on the ecclesiastical issues of Ukraine and Africa have been clearly stated in his texts, which have been responsibly published from 2019 until recently.

Any other interpretive effort, selective use, addition, and distortion of his positions do not correspond to reality.

January 26, 2022

Source: orthodoxtimes.com

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