The people demand the independence of the Abkhazian Church | Feb. 2013

On 3 February in Sukhum a People’s gathering took place on Freedom Square in support of the independence of the Abkhazian Church and its separation from the Georgian Orthodox Church. Participants thanked the Russian Orthodox Church for the assistance provided after the Patriotic War of the people of Abkhazia. The meeting also thanked the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew 1st for the audience offered to the representatives of the Holy Metropole of Abkhazia. "Members of the National Assembly value the process of restoring the Abkhazian Church through the historical Mother Church, the Patriarchate of Constantinople," says the Statement, to which thousands of people have appended their signature.

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