Patriarch Yazigi refuses to sanction Qatar diocese

The Daily Star – 14/3/13

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.