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Moscow (AsiaNews) - The Moscow Patriarchate has recently registered a new association in Turkey, on the canonical territory of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. On behalf of a group of Russian Othodox of Turkish citizenship, headed by Oksana Alykan, the "Society of Orthodox Russian-speaking Believers" of the province of Antalya was registered, which unites the Russians of the cities of Demre, Kemer, Antalya, Belek, Side, Manavgat, Avsallar, Alanya and Mahmutlar.
The group is subject ecclesiastically to the supervision of the Patriarchal Administration for institutions abroad, a new structure led by Metropolitan Antony (Sevrjuk), who is also exarch for Western Europe based in Paris, and who is very close to the patriarch of Moscow Kirill (Gundjaev).
Church - Athens - Patriarchate - Alexandria - Egypt
After the Church of Athens and the Greek patriarchate of Alexandria in Egypt also aligned with Constantinople, recognizing the new autocephalous Church in Kiev, the Russians have intensified their actions to break with the Greek "traitors". Not only did they erase the names of their hierarchs from the diptychs of Eucharistic memories (now Moscow only remembers 12 of them, out of 15 Orthodox Churches), but direct pastoral action is extended in all the territories so far controlled by the Greeks, starting precisely from the territory Turkish of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
The new society of the orthodox "Russian-Turks" has obtained permission to carry out regular liturgical celebrations, for now in apartments and specifically rented premises. These are very popular places with Russians for summer holidays, and the association's task is to prepare to meet all the spiritual needs of Russian compatriots and all Orthodox who choose to stay on their side, rejecting communion with Constantinople.
Addition - Province - Antalya
In addition to the province of Antalya, the...
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