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Sokhumi-Abkhaz diocese became the Abkhaz Orthodox Church2009-09-16 12:15
Sokhumi-Abkhaz diocese was renamed in the Abkhaz Orthodox Church with Sokumi and Pitsunda Patriarchies, stated Priest Vissarion Aplia in the air of Abkhaz TV - ITAR TASS.gt-en-newsitem-inside
He said the decision was made at today's assembly, with intention to restore Abkhaz Orthodox Church, which lost independence in 1795.
"The Abkhaz Church has officially separated from Georgian, restoring historical justice. Since the end of the Georgian-Abkhaz war, Abkhazia's Orthodox clergy have made their aspirations felt on many occasions, appealing to all supreme Orthodox bodies. But all of them have been silent fearing rifts with the Georgian Diocese," Father Vissarion stated. - Interfax.
"17 years ago Georgia committed not only military and political aggression in regard to Abkhazia, but also a spiritual one. Abkhazia can in no way be the inalienable part of Georgia," he explained.
He also declared his intention to turn to the patriarch of Moscow and All Russia for assistance and support of the decision. The Abkhaz Church will also send the same address to the Georgian church, local churches of Constantinople, Jerusalem, and all the Orthodox Churches, which "in their decisiveness will restore historical truth the long-suffering people of Abkhazia deserves".
Father Vissarion assured that the Abkhaz Orthodox Church will pray "for unity of those who populate our country, for peace in Abkhazia". The Abkhaz Orthodox Church also turns to the president Sergey Bagapsh, the Parliament, the government and everyone in power, with an appeal to back the Church's decision, as it bears immense historical significance, and hopes for the support from their side.