Bartholomew blessed Metropolitan Epiphanios media

Варфоломей благословил митрополита Епифания – СМИ

Epiphanius himself called the Ecumenical Patriarch, to inform about the upcoming election, the sources said.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in a telephone conversation with the newly elected Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Epiphany congratulated him on his election and blessed. On Saturday, December 15, reports BBC Ukraine with reference to two sources.

“Some time ago Epiphanius called Bartholomew to announce the election and asked the blessing, he blessed him, and congratulated”, – the interlocutor told.

The publication notes that this may mean that the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognizes the unity Council, which was held in the capital of Ukraine.

We will remind, on December 15 in Kyiv was held the Unification Council which was established the local Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Its head was elected the Metropolitan of Pereiaslav and Belotserkovsky Epiphanius (Dumenko). He got a new title – Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine.

Now 6 January, the elected Prelate should receive the Tomos of autocephaly to a United Orthodox Church in Ukraine from the hands of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

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