The Holy Synod of the Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide (ŒCOCW) following a series of meetings with loyal clergy of the Eritrean Orthodox Church in Diaspora has officially committed itself to join forces to advocate for the release of His Holiness Patriarch Antonios who has been unlawfully detained for approximately seven years without just cause or humanitarian medical care.
The ŒCOCW represented by +Metropolitan Scholarios-Gennadius III, OSB, Protohierarch has taken up the cause with assistance from a concerned and committed Anglican episcopate in the person of +Bishop Cyril-Mark to publicly advocate and garner assistance from the worldwide Christian community, the United Nations and the International Court of Justice for release and restoration of a canonically chosen man of God.
The Holy Synod of the ŒCOCW is a staunch supporter and advocate for international religious freedom, social justice and human rights for all of humanity. In recognition of this commitment, the ŒCOCW is committed to working with its sister church the Eritrean Orthodox Church in Diaspora, as well as her loyal clergy of Monks, Priests and Deacons around the world who have in effect become political refugees for the just restoration of His Holiness, Patriarch Antonios to his rightful place on the throne of the Eritrean Orthodox Church.
The Holy Synod of the ŒCOCW and the Eritrean Orthodox Church in Diaspora hereby request the support of the entire Church Universal, all Christian and religious organizations that support religious freedom and human rights to join us in this most worthy struggle.
Any questions or concerns regarding this important matter may be addressed to +Metropolitan Scholarios-Gennadius III, OSB at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The Holy Synod of the Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide and the Eritrean Orthodox Church in Diaspora