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Author Topic: While in Beirut, Bishop Irénée spoke with Patriarch Bartholomew  (Read 447 times) Average Rating: 0
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« on: December 12, 2012, 07:09:15 PM »

His Grace, Bishop Irénée of Québec City, represented the Orthodox Church in America at the funeral of His Beatitude, Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch and All the East, at Saint Nicholas Church, Beirut, Lebanon on Sunday, December 9, 2012...
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2012, 12:31:26 AM »

Last time the Patriarch was in America I spoke with him. To speak with someone is not news, it is just the polite thing to do.

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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2012, 01:28:04 AM »

No mention what they talked about.  It could be just as simple as, " 'sup?"  " 'sup?"

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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2012, 05:17:09 AM »

Reading the article, His Grace's comments seem to be a bit uncharacteristic : "he noted that... few, if any, members of delegations from sister Orthodox Churches traveled to Damascus".  That may have been the case but why did he feel that had to be emphasised?  If he felt it relevant, by all means raise it privately to the Synod...  Also there could be perfectly reasonable explanations as to the lack of attendance e.g. the Bulgarian Church failed to send anyone because of "technical reasons" but we all know that it was politically motivated as the Syrian government refused to grant visas to the Bulgarian delegation.

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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2012, 06:23:34 AM »

Syria is a freak'n war zone, so, no wonder.

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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2012, 09:28:26 AM »

Syria is a freak'n war zone, so, no wonder.

Exactly. And I've read somewhere (I think it was a website of one of Antiochian diocese in South America) that official delegations were invited only to Lebanon. Even Orthodox Syrians couldn't farewell normally with their Patriarch - I mean, they were allowed to come to the cathedral only in the evening and at night to do it, because on the next day there was the burial.

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