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Greek Church recognizes Orthodox Church of Ukraine

The decision was made at an extraordinary council of the Greek Church hierarchs
19:13, 12 October 2019

Synod of Orthodox Church of Ukraine
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The Greek Orthodox Church recognized autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. This decision was made at an extraordinary council of the Greek Church hierarchs. This was stated by the Primate of the OCU, Metropolitan Epifaniy on his Facebook page.

The metropolitan noted that Greece and Ukraine are united by “many pages of history, friendship and cooperation.”

“I am grateful to my brother in Christ, the Head of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, His Beatitude Archbishop of Athens and all Hellas Ieronymos. Ad thanks to the bishop-brothers, who supported the position today at the meeting of the Council of Hierarchs and followed the canonical and historical decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which opens up the possibility of full interaction between our two local autocephalous churches in all areas," Metropolitan wrote.

Epifaniy added that "the establishment of complete Eucharistic unity and official relations between the local churches of Greece and Ukraine is another page that will be forever inscribed in our history and our hearts."

Related: Patriarch Filaret sues Yevstratiy, archbishop of Orthodox Church of Ukraine

Earlier, Kyiv District Administrative Court has banned any action to liquidate the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) before considering a lawsuit against the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine. The press service of the church reported it.

"September 4, 2019, the Kyiv District Administrative Court fully satisfied the claim of the lawyers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate," the press office stated.

Henceforth, Yaremenko A.V. (Metropolitan of Orthodox Church of Ukraine Ioann) is not allowed to manage the property of the Kyiv Patriarchate and to take any actions to terminate and liquidate the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate before the decision enters into legal force.

At the local council in Kyiv, which was chaired by honorary patriarch Filaret, UOC-KP head, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate decided to cancel the decree of the Council of Bishops from December 15, 2018.

Related: Taking sides in the Orthodox Church’s battles over Russia and Ukraine

 

 

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