Synod of Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to consider Ukrainian autocephaly issue

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

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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.

Related: U.S. endorses autocephaly for Ukraine's Orthodox Church

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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9 October 2018, 20:42
This year, celebrations were held in Kyiv for the 1,030th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’. The Moscow Patriarchate wanted the celebration to be held in Moscow, but the head of the church in Constantinople refused, saying that the Baptism of Rus’ belongs to Kyiv. No church or city or nation existed in Moscow in 988. Moscow, as village, was first mentioned in 1147 Questions are now being raised about if the Moscow church itself ever received a “Tomos” of autocephaly. Russian journalist Alexander Nevzorov said on the radio program “Echo of Moscow” that the Russian Orthodox Church is like a sect. “Since it does not have a tomos, therefore, according to church canons, it is an absolutely illegal organization,” he said. There is abundant evidence of the canonical standing of the Metropolitan of Kyiv, going back a millennium. But evidence of a canonical foundation of the Moscow Patriarchate apparently cannot be found.
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