Bartholomew: Ukraine will receive autocephaly

Варфоломей: Украина получит автокефалию

Speaking about the criticism from Russia regarding the position of the Bartholomew of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Patriarch said: “We are not afraid of threats.”

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church to autocephaly, because it has a right to it, said during the Liturgy in the Church of St. Phocas in Istanbul Ecumenical Patriarch, the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople Bartholomew, according to Greek newspaper “Ekathimerini”.

“It is time for Ukraine to obtain the status of autocephaly, which she will receive, I hope, despite the current reaction … and it will happen, because it’s the right Church,” the Patriarch said, responding to objections of the Russian Orthodox Church to the status of the UOC.

Speaking about the criticism from Russia regarding the position of the Bartholomew of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Patriarch said: “We are not afraid of threats.”

Bartholomew added that the Ecumenical Patriarchate has the right to grant autocephaly, as was done in some churches, starting with Russia in the 16th century.

Recall that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has appointed two representatives to prepare for the autocephaly of the UOC.

Later the Synod of ROC decided to stop participating in the structures under the chairmanship of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. In the temples of the Moscow Patriarchy will cease to mention the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in prayers. At the same time, the Eucharistic communion between the Patriarchates remains.

 
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