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

Spokesperson of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate: Russian Orthodox governing body repeats policy of self-isolation as a reaction to the decisions of the international community
10:48, 16 October 2018

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The Holy Synod of Russian Orthodox Church repeats Kremlin’s policy, which is self-isolation as a reaction to the decisions of the international community, as Yevstratiy Zorya, the Spokesperson of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate, wrote on Facebook.

“Since 1991, Patriarch Kirill has been an architect of the split of Ukraine’s church. That is why it’s hard for him to admit guilt for 27 years of vicious activities, which brought the orthodoxy to a conflict. However, sooner or later, the situation will be solved and Russia’s Orthodox Church will return to communication. And everyone who belongs to Moscow Patriarchate confronts a problem: follow the Russian Orthodox church to the split or stay in unity with the ecumenical orthodoxy – through the local Ukrainian church?” he noted.

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

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.

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