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Synod of Ecumenical Patriarchate appoints head of Kyiv Stauropegion

This is Archimandrite Mykhailo (Anischenko) who had previously been the head of the church in Turkish Antalya
17:31, 13 January 2019

Ukraine's Orthodox Church

The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate appointed the chairman of the Kyiv Stauropegion - that is, St. Andrew’s Church, which is the permanent representative office of the Church of Constantinople in the Ukrainian capital. It is the Archimandrite Mykhailo (Anischenko). It is reported by the BBC with reference to Romfea and sources in Constantinople.

Archimandrite Mykhailo (Anischenko) had been previously serving as the head of the church in the Turkish city of Antalya.

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The Kyiv Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate re-established Kyiv Stauropegion in October last year. Soon after, the Verkhovna Rada approved the decision to transfer the St. Andrew’s Church to Ecumenical Patriarchate for permanent use. This step was then called the "symbolic gesture of unity with the Mother Church."

St. Andrew’s Church that serves as the residence of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the representation of the Church of Constantinople.

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Earlier we reported that granting the autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine became a historic achievement. This is the key message in the statement by Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of the State. The text might be found on the Department of the State's website.

'The January 6th announcement of autocephaly for an independent Orthodox Church of Ukraine marks a historic achievement as Ukraine seeks to chart its own future. On this momentous occasion, the United States reiterates its unwavering support for a sovereign, independent Ukraine. The United States maintains its strong support for religious freedom, including the freedom for members of religious groups to govern their religion according to their beliefs, without external interference. We welcome remarks by Metropolitan Epiphaniy that the Orthodox Church of Ukraine is open to all Orthodox believers and encourage government and Church officials to promote tolerance and respect for the freedom of members of all religious affiliations to worship as they choose', says the message.

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