Why Echmiadzin is not afraid of the emergence of the Russian Orthodox Church in Armenia

The Moscow Patriarchate is not going to lure Armenians into Orthodoxy. The question of which diocese the possible Orthodox churches in Nagorno-Karabakh will belong to is still controversial. Formally, they could be transferred to the Baku diocese. But judging by the fact that the Moscow Patriarchate and the Armenian Apostolic Church agreed on the creation of the Yerevan-Armenian Diocese, it is possible that it will become the ruling one for the Orthodox in Nagorno-Karabakh, writes Regnum.

After the meeting of the Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Catholicos Garegin II, and the chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Board Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade, held in Moscow in the Danilov Monastery on Wednesday, October 13, with the mediation of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church announced on the formation “within the Republic of Armenia” of the Yerevan-Armenian Diocese, the ruling bishop of which was appointed the Deputy Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Archbishop Leonid.

He announced plans to build a church complex of the Russian Orthodox Church with a cathedral in Armenia. According to the archbishop, the Moscow Patriarchate is developing “excellent, balanced” relations with the Armenian Apostolic Church

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