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Ukrainian Orthodox Church makes Filaret a patriarch for life

Besides, the religious establishment keeps
16:32, 20 June 2019

Honorary Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Filaret
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Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate decided to keep the property (including temples, monasteries, educational establishments) and bank accounts at the local synod in Kyiv, which was held under the chairmanship of the honorary patriarch Filaret, as draft regulation after the synod as of June 20 reads. Vesti published the copy of the document.

The draft regulation reads that the synod of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate repeals the order of the bishops' council as of December 15, 2018.

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“It was not a local synod, but gathering of signatures of the bishops, one priest and two laity on conditional elimination of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate under the demand of Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I,” the message reads.

Besides, the decree reads that Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate is registered by the state body and continues its existence. According to the document, patriarch Filaret is the head of the religious establishment for life.

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“Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate still owns all the property (movable and immovable) bought for its own means or passed to it by state bodies of local administrations. All the bank accounts remain the accounts of Kyiv patriarchy as a legal entity,” the order reads.

At the same time, the regulation contains gratitude to Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I for trying to solve the church conflict in Ukraine.

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