Synod of Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to consider Ukrainian autocephaly issue

Source : 112 Ukraine

The session to be opened today, October 9
14:18, 9 October 2018

Ukraine's Orthodox Church

The issue of the provision of the autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to be considered at the session of the Synod of Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople that will be opened on October 9 as Interfax reported.

"Initially, it was supposed that this topic will be discussed by Constantinople Synod on September 10 but at the end of the August it was decided to postpone the session for a month," the message said.

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Earlier Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch, once again reiterated he would not change his views of the autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. He claimed that Ukraine has a right to get it.

As we reported on April 17, Petro Poroshenko signed an appeal to Bartholomew, the Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch, with a plea to provide Tomos of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and urged the Verkhovna Rada to support it.

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On April 18, Poroshenko held the meeting with the primates of the Orthodox churches and accepted the appeal to Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch, on the provision of Tomos of the autocephaly for the Ukrainian church with the signs of all bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

Since 90-s, there have been a few jurisdictions in Ukraine that call themselves Orthodox local and autocephaly Churches.

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The Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate and Metropolis of Bessarabia of the Romanian Orthodox Church have the canonical status. Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate is canonically not recognized.

Also, there is unrecognized Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

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