The Bartholomew spoke about the mission of the exarchs in Kiev

У Варфоломея рассказали о миссии экзархов в Киев

The Exarch intended to pave the way for autocephaly and to assist the local Church in Ukraine.

The appointment of the Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Ukraine to help local independent Church. About it in interview to the Italian news Agency SIR the Church, said Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, Locum Tenens of the Western European Exarchate of Constantinople.

“Two of the Exarch intended to pave the way for autocephaly. It should be noted that in this case the process is no less important than the goal. In fact, through this process, various branches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church can be brought closer,” said the Metropolitan.

Thus, continued the Hierarch, the main mission of the exarchs of the Patriarchate of Constantinople is “to facilitate contacts, build bridges, encourage dialogue and finally, the assistance of the local independent Church.”

According to Metropolitan Emmanuel, Patriarch Bartholomew, intended to protect the Ukrainian Church, for he “is responsible, since the Metropolitan of Kiev depends on the canonical jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, despite the fact that in 1686 when the Moscow Patriarchate was granted the right to ordain a Metropolitan of Kiev”.

Thus, said the Metropolitan, Constantinople has a “dual responsibility – as in the Orthodox world in General and in Ukraine in particular.”

As reported, the Russian Orthodox Church may sever relations with Constantinople, in case of granting autocephaly to the UOC.

We will remind, the Council of bishops of the Church of Constantinople in, it was confirmed that the Constantinople Patriarchate can grant autocephaly without any approvals.

Earlier, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew told the Patriarch Kirill on the implementation of the decision on autocephaly in Ukraine.


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