Antananarivo, Madagascar, February 4, 2022
Archbishop Ignatios of Antananarivo and North Madagascar of the Patriarchate of Alexandria has issued a very strong warning to his priests about the consequences of joining the Russian Orthodox Church’s African Exarchate.
According to the hierarch, those who have joined the Exarchate are no longer priests, and even no longer members of the Orthodox Church, and they are in danger of Hell.
His letter reads in full:
To all the esteemed priests of the Archdiocese of Antananarivo and the northern part of Madagascar.
It has been heard for a long time that the Patriarch of Russia has entered and intervened in the territory of the Patriarch of Alexandria.
The Blessed Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and of All Africa, Theodoros II, clearly states that the Patriarchs of Russia and Alexandria have no connection or alliance.
Therefore, all those who have gone to other Patriarchs have resigned from the priesthood of the Archdiocese of Antananarivo and the northern part of Madagascar, which is ruled by the Patriarch of Alexandria, without the right to celebrate the Liturgy, and the Liturgies and Sacraments they celebrate are not valid according to the holy canonical law of the Church.
So I beg you to be careful because this is a very difficult thing, the punishment will be so severe that you will lose your souls in Hell, the expelled priests immediately return to the ranks of the laity, and the holy anointing they had received is no longer valid.
As a result, God’s grace was completely cut off from them and they are no longer members of the Church.
I hope this year that what I am saying will be clear to you so that you will beware of the devil’s snares.