Speaker of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate, Archbishop Eustraty claimed that the information on the appointment of the bishops’ council on November 22 is false. He claimed this on Facebook.
‘I officially state: the information disseminated in the announcement is not true. Again, I have to repeat: only the official report on the date of the Council will mean that it has already been determined,’ the speaker claimed.
Earlier, Archpriest Heorhiy Kovalenko, former press secretary of the leader of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, claimed that the bishops' council might be held on November 22.
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.