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Russian Orthodox Church follows self-isolation path, - Poroshenko

Ukraine's President hopes that Russia would not bring the situation to a complete split
12:56, 16 October 2018

Presidential Administration press office

Russian Orthodox Church follows the self-isolation and conflict path with the entire world’s orthodoxy, as Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said at the meeting with exarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Kyiv.

“As Russia opposes itself to the whole world in the issues of Russian aggression on the east of our state, illegal annexation of Crimea, concerning Abkhasia, Ossetia, Transnistria, Russian church, unfortunately, puts itself on the path self-isolation and conflict with the whole international orthodoxy,” the President said.

Related: Russian Synod follows Kremlin policy, - Ukraine’s Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate

Poroshenko hopes that Russia would not bring the situation to a complete split.

“I hoped that it would not happen, but we have to be ready to that and, at the same time, we prayed for having autocephaly from God through the hands of His Holiness,” the President concluded.

Reportedly, the Russian Orthodox Church decided to completely cease the Eucharistic relations with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. 

Related: Russia 'loses Ukraine' upon autocephaly of Ukraine's Orthodox Church, - Volker

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.

Related: Tensions between Russia and Ukraine spill over to Byzantine world of Orthodox church

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