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Patriarch Kirill urges Patriarch Bartholomew not to provide Ukraine with Tomos on autocephaly

Source : 112 Ukraine

He stressed that it is not too late to stop
18:17, 31 December 2018

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The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill called upon the Most Holy Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew to abandon the intention to provide a tomos about the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. He wrote about this in a letter published by the press service of the Russian Orthodox Church.

"I spoke with you alone and with a few witnesses about the plans of the Church of Constantinople to legalize a split in Ukraine. Now, when these plans are largely implemented, perhaps I’ll appeal to you in front of the whole Orthodox Church for the last time. ... Now step back from communicating with the schismatics, refuse to participate in the political gamble of their legalization. And then the true Orthodox Church of Ukraine, headed by the most blissful Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, Onufry will bless you, and history will preserve the memory of you among those holy hierarchs of the Constantinople throne who, in the most difficult political conditions, managed not to drop the dignity of the church and preserve its unity, ”wrote Patriarch Kirill.

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According to him, "it is not too late to stop."

"If you act in accordance with the intentions set forth in your letter, you will forever lose the opportunity to serve the unity of the holy churches of God, cease to be the first in the Orthodox world numbering hundreds of millions of believers, and the suffering you cause to Orthodox Ukrainians will follow you to a terrible judgment of God and it will testify against you in front of him ", said Kirill to Bartholomew.

We recall, on October 11, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate supported the extension of the provision of autocephaly to Ukraine, and also officially approved that the mother church of Ukraine is Constantinople. Also, the Synod removed the anathema from the head of the UOC-KP Filaret and the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Makariy.

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