Montenegrin authorities will seek autocephaly for the local Orthodox Church. The president of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic said so in an interview to RTCG channel.
According to him, the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro undermines the independence of the country.
“The Serbian Orthodox Church is very persistently undermining the Montenegrin independence. I believe that it is necessary to continue the work of restoring the autocephalous Montenegrin Orthodox Church, and the state will do this and bear the responsibility for this,” said Djukanovic.
Serbian Orthodox Church is dominant in Montenegro. The Montenegrin Orthodox Church proclaimed itself autocephalous in 1993, but Serbia does not recognize it.
The Montenegrin Orthodox Church (MOC) was ranked 9th in the list of autocephalous Orthodox churches until 1918. At that time, Serbia actually banned the activities of the MOC; in 1922, it obtained from Constantinople a documentary consent to join the Belgrade Metropolis of the Montenegrin Church.
As is known, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine expects to receive Tomos about autocephaly on the eve of Christmas. The charter of the new church has already been approved, Metropolitan Epiphaniy has been elected its head.
Earlier, the parish of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul of the Moscow Patriarchate joined the Local Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine. This was announced by the abbot of the church, Archimandrite Markian (Kayumov), the website of the UOC-KP reports.
“Today, on December 22, the parish of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Zhovkva joined the Local Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine. This decision was made at a meeting of the Parish Council headed by the rector of the church,” Father Markian wrote on the social network.
On December 21, the parish of the first martyr Archdeacon Stephen, in the village of Minai in Zakarpattia joined the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The parish Archpriest Stepan Belyak addressed Bishop of Uzhgorod and Zakarpattia Varsonofy with a written request for its inclusion in the clergy of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The request was satisfied. Previously, this temple was part of the Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.