Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch, once again reiterated he would not change his views of the autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Ekathimerini reported this, quoting the church leader's interview.
'It is Ukraine's turn now to get the autocephaly. It is going to happen, since it is the church's right', he said, also mentioning the youngest autocephalous churches, the Czech and the Slovakian ones.
The Patriarch added it is the exclusive authority of the Ecumenical Partiarchate to allow the autocephaly to all Orthodox Churches, starting from Russia in the 16th century.
'We are not afraid of any threats', he said, commenting Russia's criticism, which evoked due to the wide discussion about the autocephaly for Ukraine.