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Patriarch Yazigi refuses to sanction Qatar diocese
Orthodox Patriarch John X Yazigi. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
Orthodox Patriarch John X Yazigi. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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BEIRUT: Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X Yazigi said Wednesday the church could not sanction the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem’s decision to establish a new diocese in Qatar.

Yazigi said in a statement the move violated the laws of the All-Orthodox Church, “because it required the approval of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and Qatar lies in its territory.”

The decision was a “a direct intervention into the affairs of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch,” the statement added.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 14, 2013, on page 4.
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