The bishops' council may be held on November 22, where a chairman of United Local Ukrainian Church will be elected. Archpriest Heorhiy Kovalenko, former press secretary of the leader of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate claimed this in the air of Radio Liberty.
‘We are in transition period. Moscow Patriarchate determined in Ukraine. We need to wait. They promise to hold bishops' council on November 22. According to church rules and traditions, any decision of the hierarchy should be made or not accepted by the clergy and the faithful,’ Kovalenko claimed.
He added that local churches will try to do everything so that the conflict does not grow to the global level.
Reportedly, the Russian Orthodox Church decided to completely cease the Eucharistic relations with the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
On October 11, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate supported that the autocephaly provision for Ukraine is prolonged. Also, it has officially approved Constantinople as Ukraine’s mother-church. Besides, the Synod lifted the anathema from Filaret, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, and Makariy, the Primate of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Filaret stated that a united Jubilee Bishops' Council would take place soon to create a unified Ukrainian local church.
In addition, the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized Russia’s Orthodox Church annexation of Kyiv metropole in 1686.
As we reported earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed an agreement on cooperation between Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey.