Archbishop of the Orthodox Church in Albania did not recognize the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The press service of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine reports this, referring to the Greek news Romfea, which posted the official claim of the Albanian Orthodox Church.
In particular, the hierarchs of the Albanian Orthodox Church expressed their worries concerning recognition by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople of “behindhand ordinance, committed by the excommunicate and devoted to the anathema of Filaret (Denysenko), whose ordinance is invalid and deprived of the grace and actions of the Holy Spirit”. Besides, the Albanian Church questioned the canonicity of ordinance of Epiphanius, the head of the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
The Archbishop of Albania also notes that the concerns expressed to the Ecumenical Patriarch in October 2018 have been verified, that is instead of peace and unity of the Ukrainian Orthodox, “a risk of the division has started to creep in.”
As we reported earlier, it was reported that the members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed the Tomos on providing autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew passed the Tomos of autocephaly and bishops’ crosier to the apostle of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epiphanius. The event happened during the festive service in St. George's Cathedral in Istanbul.