Head of the Church of Cyprus criticizes Moscow for undue attitude to Ukrainian autocephaly

16 March, 10:08
Orthodox
Head of the Church of Cyprus criticizes Moscow for undue attitude to Ukrainian autocephaly - фото 1
Archbishop Chrysostomos of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus is convinced that "the Russians were wrong" about the issue of autocephaly of the Church of Ukraine.

He stated this in an interview with the Cyprus Times, Religiyna Pravda reports.

When asked to comment on the issue of recognizing the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the Archbishop once again stressed: "the Russians are wrong."

Commenting on the reaction of members of the Holy Synod of Cyprus, who did not approve of his position, he said: "I explained it to them, but they did not want to understand. I don't care."

In the same interview, Chrysostomos commented on the rumors about his resignation. He said that he was not going to give up.

"I do not know how much longer God will want me to live. I'm struggling. I'm not going to give up. I'm not interested in appointing a successor. There are no grounds for this," he stressed.

"God tries us no more than we can stand," he said when asked about his health status. And speaking from the bottom of his heart, he admitted that time is no longer a problem for him. "Whether I live a day, a month or a year longer, it will be God's decision," he said.

"From now on, I belong to God. I don't care about the time," he added. In addition, he admitted that he made plans about where he would like to be buried.

"I said that I should prepare for this. I do not know when I will die. When God wants me to leave the Earth, I will be ready," he concluded.