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Patriarch Filaret refuses to support Epifaniy at Synod meeting

Filaret has not changed his opinion concerning the legal status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate
18:24, 24 May 2019

Patriarch Filaret: no new church exists.
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Filaret, the honorary Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine refused to support the Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine, as Epiphanius told the journalists after the Council of Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Pravda reported.

According to the Metropolitan, all the rest of Synod participants unanimously voted in favour of support; the only one who did not vote was Filaret.

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“The honorary Patriarch Filaret tried to show us at the Synod meeting that Kyiv Patriarchate exists, though all of us tried to prove that de jure and de facto there is no Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate,” Epifaniy said.

“We discussed a lot; we talked and convinced him, but honorary Patriarch Filaret, unfortunately, did not change his opinion,” he added.

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It became known that there were misunderstandings between the Honorable Patriarch Filaret and Metropolitan Epifaniy. In particular, Filaret seemed to want to restore the structure of the liquidated Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate and his influence on the church, while the circle of Metropolitan Epifaniy is inclined to support the “Greek system” of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, as proposed by Fanar.

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