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Official statement by the Synod, video of the official announcement that was made in English to media, the official statement and address to the nation by a very emotional Pres Poroshenko, verging on tears. Media releases by Pres Poroshenko’s office, and a great many op-eds and news reports from Western media – this saga has become a mainstream story in the Western media. No less interesting commentaries by media website visitors, and Russian trolls.

The Russian reaction has been quite toxic, as expected, laced with blameshifting, falsehoods and denial, and certainly not what we expect from clergy in a civilized nation:

“Constantinople, in fact, has declared it entered into canonical communion with the schismatics and with an excommunicated person. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church will give a proper assessment of these actions during its next meeting, which will be held on October 15 in Minsk.”

“In fact, it is possible to describe what was adopted today at the Synod of the Church of Constantinople as the legalization of schism… Unfortunately, the calls from all corners of the world Orthodoxy were not heard in Istanbul. And today the Constantinople Patriarchate made catastrophic decisions — first of all, for itself, and in general for the whole world Orthodoxy.”

“The actions of Constantinople cross the red line and deal a catastrophic blow to the unity of the global Orthodoxy”

“attempt to destroy the foundation of the canonical orthodox order”

The Russians will now self-anathemise, and effectively separate themselves from the global Orthodoxy, completing the transition of the Russian Orthodox Church from a religious body to a proxy of the state propaganda machine. A truly tragic outcome for all Russians of faith.


Ecumenical Patriarchate Announcement – VIDEO

Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod of Oct. 11, 2018, Presided by His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Holy and Sacred Synod convened for its regular session from Oct. 9 to 11, 2018, in order to examine and discuss items on its agenda. The Holy Synod discussed in particular and at length the ecclesiastical matter of Ukraine, in the presence of His Excellency Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon and His Grace Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton, Patriarchal Exarchs to Ukraine, and following extensive deliberations decreed:

Announcement (11/10/2018). – Announcements – The Ecumenical Patriarchate

Presided by His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Holy and Sacred Synod convened for its regular session from October 9 to 11, 2018, in order to examine and discuss items on its agenda. The Holy Synod discussed in particular and at length the ecclesiastical matter of Ukraine, in the presence of His Excellency Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon and His Grace Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton, Patriarchal Exarchs to Ukraine, and following extensive deliberations decreed: 

1) To renew the decision already made that the Ecumenical Patriarchate proceed to the granting of Autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine. 

2) To reestablish, at this moment, the Stavropegion of the Ecumenical Patriarch in Kyiv, one of its many Stavropegia in Ukraine that existed there always. 

3) To accept and review the petitions of appeal of Filaret Denisenko, Makariy Maletych and their followers, who found themselves in schism not for dogmatic reasons, in accordance with the canonical prerogatives of the Patriarch of Constantinople to receive such petitions by hierarchs and other clergy from all of the Autocephalous Churches. Thus, the above-mentioned have been canonically reinstated to their hierarchical or priestly rank, and their faithful have been restored to communion with the Church. 

4) To revoke the legal binding of the Synodal Letter of the year 1686, issued for the circumstances of that time, which granted the right through oikonomia to the Patriarch of Moscow to ordain the Metropolitan of Kyiv, elected by the Clergy-Laity Assembly of his eparchy, who would commemorate the Ecumenical Patriarch as the First hierarch at any celebration, proclaiming and affirming his canonical dependence to the Mother Church of Constantinople. 

5) To appeal to all sides involved that they avoid appropriation of Churches, Monasteries and other properties, as well as every other act of violence and retaliation, so that the peace and love of Christ may prevail. 


At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the 11th of October, 2018 

From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod Presided by His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch

Full text of Synodus of Ecumenical Patriarchate on Tomos for Ukraine – 112.international

The Ecumenical Patriarchate decided to grant the autocephaly for Ukraine’s Orthodox Church. The respective document appeared on the official website of the Patriarchate. It is available in Greek and English. The text goes as follows: ‘Presided by His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Holy and Sacred Synod convened for its regular session from October 9 to 11, 2018, in order to examine and discuss items on its agenda. The Holy Synod discussed in particular and at length the ecclesiastical matter of Ukraine, in the presence of His Excellency Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon and His Grace Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton, Patriarchal Exarchs to Ukraine, and following extensive deliberations decreed: 1) To renew the decision already made that the Ecumenical Patriarchate proceed to the granting of Autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine. 2) To reestablish, at this moment, the Stavropegion of the Ecumenical Patriarch in Kyiv, one of its many Stavropegia in Ukraine that existed there always. 3) To accept and review the petitions of appeal of Filaret Denisenko, Makariy Maletych and their followers, who found themselves in schism not for dogmatic reasons, in accordance with the canonical prerogatives of the Patriarch of Constantinople to receive such petitions by hierarchs and other clergy from all of the Autocephalous Churches. Thus, the above-mentioned have been canonically reinstated to their hierarchical or priestly rank, and their faithful have been restored to communion with the Church. 4) To revoke the legal binding of the Synodal Letter of the year 1686, issued for the circumstances of that time, which granted the right through oikonomia to the Patriarch of Moscow to ordain the Metropolitan of Kyiv, elected by the Clergy-Laity Assembly of his eparchy, who would commemorate the Ecumenical Patriarch as the First hierarch at any celebration, proclaiming and affirming his canonical dependence to the Mother Church of Constantinople. 5) To appeal to all sides involved that they avoid appropriation of Churches, Monasteries and other properties, as well as every other act of violence and retaliation, so that the peace and love of Christ may prevail. At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the 11th of October, 2018 From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod’ The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate struggled for the autocephaly since the country gained independence in 1991. For his firm stance in this regard, Patriarch Filaret, the current leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate was stripped of his orders in 1992, as the Russian Orthodox Church imposed the anathema on him. Most recently, the Ecumenical Patriarchate lifted it from him. This decision, and the subsequent decision to grant Ukraine Tomos outraged the Russian Orthodox Church, which already promised ‘a tough and decisive response’.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church Granted Autocephely – To Inform is to Influence

(11/10/2018).  Convert Announcement (11/10/2018). toDOC  Convert Announcement (11/10/2018). toPDF English Ελληνικά Announcement (11/10/2018). Presided by His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Holy and Sacred Synod convened for its regular session from October 9 to 11, 2018, in order to examine and discuss items on its agenda. The Holy Synod discussed in particular and at length the…

Statement by the President of Ukraine regarding the decision of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate — Official website of the President of Ukraine

The Lord saw the struggle of the Ukrainian people for their independence. He heard our prayers. He properly estimated our labor. It became so desirable for Him to have His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy Synod of the Mother Church of Constantinople to declare the dreamed and long-awaited “yes”, for which we fought for a long time. There will be Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The decision of the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Holy Synod has finally dispelled the imperial illusions and chauvinistic fantasies of Moscow, which were not supported by any legal church document – about Ukraine as so called “canonical territory of the Russian Church”. It was in 1924 when the Ecumenical Patriarchate acknowledged the fact that the so-called “transition” of the Kyiv Metropolitan in the possession of Moscow took place “not by the canonical rules”. And today the Holy Synod confirmed this position once again. World Orthodoxy, as His All-Holiness Bartholomew once wrote, is a “constellation of independent and equal national churches”. And finally, my dear friends, our Ukrainian star will shine in this constellation. The decision to grant Autocephaly has already been taken. I emphasize, that the decision to grant Autocephaly to Ukraine has been approved and confirmed once again. By the work of God, their own Local Churches have been set up in all the Orthodox states that have won their independence. This happened in Bulgaria, in Greece, in Georgia, in Serbia, in Cyprus, in Romania, in Russia. Now our State of Ukraine is joining their ranks. However, the question of Tomos and Autocephaly goes far beyond the church life, as the State has joined it. This is a matter of our independence. This is a matter of our national security. This is a matter of our statehood. This is a matter of the entire global geopolitics. This is the fall of the “Third Rome” as the most ancient conceptual claim of Moscow for the global domination. Autocephaly is the part of our pro-European and pro-Ukrainian state strategy, which we have been consistently implementing over the past four years and, I emphasize, which we will implement hereafter. This is the foundation of our own path of development, the development of the State of Ukraine and the development of the Ukrainian nation. Tomos is actually another Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine. The empire is losing one of the last levers of influence on its former colony. For us, our own church is a guarantee of the spiritual freedom. This is the key to social harmony. I guarantee that the State of Ukraine will respect the choice of those who decide to remain in the church structure, which will maintain its unity with the Russian Orthodox Church. But I also guarantee that the state will protect the rights of those priests and believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, who voluntarily decide to leave the influence of Moscow to establish, along with the others, the Autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Today I can already say that the appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch with the request to provide Autocephaly was supported by a group of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. They endured pressure, blackmail, threats and intimidation, yet they appealed with their signatures to the Ecumenical Patriarch. And this is worth acknowledgment. I am grateful to Patriarch Filaret and all the Hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate, Metropolitan Macariy and the Bishops of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church for the spirit of unity which they demonstrated, and for their unanimous appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch. I congratulate both Leaders on the fact that finally all the Moscow charges on them have been lifted. They have been recognized as the Canonical Bishops. I want to express my special gratitude to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which supported my appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch concerning the establishment of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church and the provision of Autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church with the abundance of votes. I want to thank every participant of the Procession on July 28, and all Ukrainians who strive for the Autocephalous Church and pray for it. All together, we bow down to His All-Holiness Bartholomew for his care for Ukraine. Your All-Holiness, Ukraine is looking forward to your pastoral visit to the people, which was baptized during the time of the Great Prince Vladimir. Today we received the Autocephaly, and after the Council, the Primate of the Ukrainian Local Orthodox Church will obtain Tomos. The Ukrainian government guarantees the full respect for religious freedom for the believers of all denominations. There is no state church, we never had it and there will never be one. And nobody will be “invited by force” to the Orthodox Church consecrated with Tomos. Once again I emphasize that this is a matter of free choice for each believer. The joint creation of an independent church cannot be the basis for discord, for confrontation, for violence. We certainly can’t let it happen. On the opposite side, it is a road to peace, comfort and understanding. As soon as you see people who will call up to take the Laurel, monastery or temple by force, you should know – they are the agents of Moscow. As the goal of the Kremlin is to fuel the religious war in Ukraine. And this is definitely not my plan, not the plan of the Ukrainian people and not the plan of the State of Ukraine. Dear Ukrainians! I sincerely congratulate you on this very grand historical event, and I am very grateful for the massive support of the idea that came about. This is a great victory of the God-loving Ukrainian people over the Moscow demons, the victory of Good over Evil, the victory of Light over Darkness. I congratulate everyone on this great day, for which the Ukrainian people have been waiting for 332 long years. I congratulate you! Glory to Ukraine!

The Ukrainian government guarantees full compliance with religious freedom for the faithful of all confessions – Head of State — Official website of the President of Ukraine

“The Ukrainian government guarantees the full respect for religious freedom for the believers of all denominations. There is no state church, we never had it and there will never be one. And nobody will be “invited by force” to the Orthodox Church consecrated with Tomos,” the Head of State noted. “I emphasize again, this is a matter of free choice for every believer,” he stressed. “For us, our own church is a guarantee of the spiritual freedom. This is the key to social harmony. I guarantee that the State of Ukraine will respect the choice of those who decide to remain in the church structure, which will maintain its unity with the Russian Orthodox Church. But I also guarantee that the state will protect the rights of those priests and believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, who voluntarily decide to leave the influence of Moscow to establish, along with the others, the Autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” the President said. “The joint creation of an independent church cannot be the basis for discord, for confrontation, for violence. We certainly can’t let it happen. On the opposite side, it is a road to peace, comfort and understanding,” the Head of State noted. “As soon as you see people who will call up to take the Laurel, monastery or temple by force, you should know – they are the agents of Moscow. As the goal of the Kremlin is to fuel the religious war in Ukraine. And this is definitely not my plan, not the plan of the Ukrainian people and not the plan of the State of Ukraine,” Petro Poroshenko added.

President: Tomos is, in fact, another Act of Declaration of Ukraine’s Independence — Official website of the President of Ukraine

“The issue of Tomos and Autocephaly goes far beyond the church life, as the State has joined it. This is a matter of our independence. This is a matter of our national security. This is a matter of our statehood. This is a matter of the entire global geopolitics,” the President emphasized.

The decision to grant autocephaly has already been made – President — Official website of the President of Ukraine

President Petro Poroshenko informed that the Holy Synod approved a decision to grant the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

Patriarch Filaret personally congratulated the President on the decision of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on Autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church — Official website of the President of Ukraine

Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate), Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus’-Ukraine Filaret personally congratulated President Petro Poroshenko on the decision of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. “I congratulate you on the first victory,” Patriarch Filaret said during the meeting. “I want to thank you personally, because due to your perseverance, your wisdom, we have achieved this. Because the previous Presidents also worked, but did not achieve that. And you have achieved this common goal,” Filaret emphasized. “I believe that there are some very important dates in the history of Ukraine. This is the date of the referendum in 1991 when independence was chosen by the will of the Ukrainian people. This is the date of August 24, when the Ukrainian state was revived. I think that the date of October 11 is very important and will enter the history of Ukraine forever. The date when the Ukrainian church returned its autocephaly,” Petro Poroshenko said. He added that he would be glad when every Ukrainian understands the greatness of today’s event. Petro Poroshenko also emphasizes that the explanation of his active participation in the process of obtaining autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church is an understanding that this is an extremely important part of the process of state building. “Ukrainian independence without the existence of the autocephalous church, when the church is the fifth column of a neighboring state, is not complete independence. This is the remnant of colonial status. And only the fact that Ukraine today, just today, on October 11, received autocephaly means the completion of the formation of the independence of a very large state of Ukraine. The largest state in Europe,” the President stressed.

President thanked all who believe and pray for the Autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church — Official website of the President of Ukraine

The President thanked all who fought for and supported the creation of the Autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Groysman: Autocephaly of Ukrainian church is another victory that makes us stronger – 12.10.2018 09:55 — Ukrinform News

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has congratulated Ukrainians on the decision of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to grant a tomos of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

Ukraine guarantees religious freedom for people of any faith – Poroshenko – 12.10.2018 09:40 — Ukrinform News

President Petro Poroshenko has said that the state guarantees the religious freedom for people of any faith.

Poroshenko Hails Independence Of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hailed a decision to recognize the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Speaking to reporters on October 11, Poroshenko said the recognition was an issue of sovereignty and national security for Ukraine.

Constantinople makes benchmark decision to grant autocephaly to Ukraine’s Church. VIDEO | Censor.NET

12.10.18 11:48 – Constantinople makes benchmark decision to grant autocephaly to Ukraine’s Church. VIDEO Ecumenical Patriarchate has decided to proceed to the granting of Autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine. View news.

‘We Don’t Want Confrontation’: Ukraine’s Patriarch Filaret On Split With Russian Orthodox Church

Patriarch Filaret, the head of the Kyiv Patriarchate, has welcomed a decision to recognize the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Speaking to reporters on October 11 in Kyiv, Patriarch Filaret said he wanted to avoid confrontation with Moscow after winning approval to split with the Russian Orthodox Church. He said that Ukraine’s three Orthodox denominations, including a Moscow-affiliated church, would not be forced to join the unified Ukrainian church.

Filaret says Russian Orthodox church may equally exist, but it won’t be called ‘Ukrainian church’ | KyivPost

Ukraine’s Global Voice

Kyiv Patriarchate expects to get tomos on autocephaly in November (Video) | UNIAN

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate expects to get a tomos on autocephaly at the next meeting of the Holy Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate, which is scheduled for the end of November. Ukraine should do its “homework” during this month.

‘The biggest split in Christianity for 1,000 years’: Ukraine secures approval to set up an independent church as it fights Russia for the country’s spiritual future| Daily Mail Online

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church secured its independence from Moscow from the Ecemenical Patriarch of all the Eastern orthodox churches which is based in Istanbul.

Russia, Ukraine, and the battle for religion | European Council on Foreign Relations

The Ukrainian church pushes for independence from Moscow. The split will undermine Putin’s vision of a ‘Russian world’ and accelerate Ukraine’s cultural separation from Russia

Ukraine Orthodox Church to Win Recognition Despite Russian Warnings – WSJ

The foremost leader in Orthodox Christianity said he would grant Ukraine a self-governing church independent of Russia, handing the former Soviet republic a significant victory in its efforts to reduce the Kremlin’s influence there.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church granted divorce from Moscow – POLITICO

Quest for independence has acted as a proxy for the military struggle between Russia and Ukraine.

Orthodox Church to move forward with Ukrainian independence | Fox News

Ukraine’s president on Thursday hailed the announcement by Orthodoxy’s Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople that it will move forward with granting Ukrainian clerics independence from the Russian Orthodox Church, while the Russian church denounced the decision.

Ukrainian church wins independence battle against Moscow Patriarchate | News | DW | 11.10.2018

Ukraine should have its own Orthodox church, independent from Moscow, the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate has ruled in a bitter row. Representatives of Russia’s Patriarch Kirill slammed the move as “catastrophic.”

Moscow expresses disgust as Ukrainian Church gets independence – Punch Newspapers

The Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate on Thursday said it had agreed to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in a move welcomed with jubilation by Kiev but condemned as “catastrophic” in Moscow. Russia had warned against allowing the Ukraine Church to sever its ties with Moscow, with the powerful head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, travelling to Istanbul earlier this year in a bid to dissuade the patriarchate. The issue is set to play a key role in Ukraine’s March 2019 presidential elections, with incumbent President Petro Poroshenko making independence from the Russian Orthodox Church — known as autocephaly — a key issue as he plans a re-election bid.

Constantinople recognizes Kyiv Patriarch Filaret as church bishop | KyivPost

The Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople on Oct. 11 recognized the legitimacy of bishops of the Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church as part of the Constantinople church. Until this decision, the pro-Ukrainian Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church had not been recognized by the 14 official Orthodox churches, while the bishops of the pro-Russian Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine had. The recognition is an important step towards the creation of an officially recognized independent (autocephalous) Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople said on Oct. 11 it had lifted the anathema, or excommunication, imposed on Filaret, the patriarch of the Kyiv Patriarchate, and on Makariy, metropolitan of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The Synod also approved recognizing the authority of the Constantinople Patriarchate in Ukraine, and canceled its 1686 decision to allow the patriarch of Moscow to appoint metropolitans of Kyiv. The Metropolis of Kyiv had been part of the Constantinople Patriarchate from the Christianization of Kyivan Rus in 988 until 1686. The Constantinople Patriarchate also created a stavropegion in Kyiv – an entity that comprises churches or monasteries and is subordinated directly to the patriarch, as opposed to local bishops.

Russian and Ukrainian Church Officially Split Due to Ongoing Conflict

Russia has responded by comparing the move to the Great Schism of 1054 that split western and eastern Christianity.

Jacek Saryusz-Wolski on Twitter: “Hard to overestimate the importance of granting autocephaly to Ukraine’s Orthodox Church by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople >>> Announcement (11/10/2018). – Announcements – The Ecumenical Patriarchate ⁦@yevstraty⁩ https://t.co/HawWFDzDpA”

 

Leigh Turner on Twitter: “The biggest change since 1686? 1054? Or 988? Ukraine’s Orthodox church granted independence from Russia ties via @FT https://t.co/FpJyRMjpK3”

 

olexander scherba on Twitter: “Real big! Ukrainian Orthodox Church has the blessing of Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. The days of millions Ukrainians being called “sectarians” and “splitters” are over!… https://t.co/UUaFJ55R5r”

 

Soner Cagaptay on Twitter: “Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople recognizes Ukrainian Church as autocephalous, allowing it to split from the Russian Orthodox Church. First time since American-born Athenagoras I became patriarch during the Cold War in 1948 that Istanbul Church is pushing against Moscow”

 

The Ecumenical Patriarchate’s decision to grant Ukraine the autocephaly is definitely a setback for the Kremlin, and the historical win for Ukraine – Volker – 112.international

The Ecumenical Patriarchate’s decision to grant Ukraine the autocephaly is definitely a setback for the Kremlin, and the historical win for Ukraine. Kurt Volker, the U.S. special envoy in Ukraine said this in his interview with UNIAN news agency, as he shared his vision on granting Tomos for Ukraine’s Orthodox Church. ‘They [Russian leaders] are driving the Ukrainian people away from their historic relationship with Russia. Ukraine today is more unified, more nationalist, more oriented toward Europe and Nato and the West than it has even been true before, and that’s a direct result of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and killing of Ukrainians,’ he said as quoted by EUObserver. The official insisted that the ongoing hostilities in Donbas are nothing but Russia-designed and Russia-led operation, and the EU and the U.S. are aware of that. “This is purely a Russia-controlled operation, as opposed to any kind of indigenous conflict,” he said as UNIAN quoted him.

U.S. government totally supports Ukraine’s aspirations to have its own unified local church, – Kurt Volker, U.S. Special Representative on Ukraine’s Affairs – 112.international

The U.S. government totally supports Ukraine’s aspirations to have its own unified local church. Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative on Ukraine’s Affairs said this commenting on the decision of the Synodus of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to grant Ukraine the autocephaly. ‘The Ukrainian people should be respected for their religious freedom and it is a shame that other countries would have a view on trying to stop that’ he said adding he hoped there would be no ‘protests and violence orchestrated as a result of this decision’. ‘I think it would be tragic to see that’, Volker said. On October 11, the Synodus of The Ecumenical Patriarchate supported granting Ukraine the autocephaly, officially confirming that Constantinople is now the Mother Church of Ukraine. The Synodus also lifted the anathema off the leaders of Ukrainian Orthodox churches, Filaret and Makariy.

Russian Orthodox Church Forced to End Eucharistic Ties With Constantinople – Sputnik International

Previously, a representative of the Constantinople Patriarchate announced that the synod of the church had decided to lift the anathema of two leaders of schismatic churches in Ukraine and return the metropolia under Constantinople’s jurisdiction.

Schism of Orthodoxy in Ukraine deepens as Constantinople greenlights independent church — RT World News

The Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has decided to begin the creation of an autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukraine. The move comes despite warnings against it from the Russian Orthodox Church.

Moscow rages as Ukrainian Church’s independence recognised

The Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate on Thursday said it had agreed to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in a move welcomed with jubilation by Kiev but condemned as “catastrophic” in Moscow. Russia had warned against allowing the Ukraine Church to sever its

Russia aggressively reacts to Constantinople’s decision on autocephaly of Ukrainian church (Video) | UNIAN

Moscow has aggressively reacted to news from Istanbul regarding the autocephaly of the Ukrainian church. The Kremlin sees the decision of Constantinople as the legalization of a split in the world of Orthodoxy.

Kremlin opposes Ukraine church’s bid for independence: spokesman

Russia opposes any steps that lead to a split in Orthodox Christianity, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, when asked about Ukraine’s bid to establish an independent church outside Moscow’s control. “You know the position of the Russian Orthodox Church on this issue,”

Ecumenical Patriarchate Announces Autocephaly of Ukrainian Church; Russia Threatens Massive Split with Constantinople – The Pappas Post

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has officially agreed to recognize the independence, or “autocephaly” of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, a move immediately hailed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko but slammed as “catastrophic” by Moscow. Following the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s regular synod, held in Istanbul, Turkey, the Patriarchate issued an official announcement. The move comes amid a deepening split in global Orthodox Christianity that has involved numerous Church leaders, heads of state and major political maneuvering by all sides. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Christian Church was “something that we have dreamed of, waited for a long time, and fought for all the time.” The Russian Orthodox Church condemned the decision as “catastrophic.” “Today the Patriarchate of Constantinople has made catastrophic decisions — first and foremost regarding itself and global Orthodoxy,” a spokesman for Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, Aleksandr Volkov, said in televised remarks. “The Patriarchate of Constantinople has crossed a red line,” he said. Earlier, Kirill was quoted as saying that his church will “have to break eucharistical relations with Constantinople” following the decision. There are concerns that the move could stoke tension and violence between various factions within the Ukraine, some of which are still aligned or influenced by Russia.. The newly-created and recognized Kyiv Patriarchate has already laid claim to the famous 11th century Kyiv Monastery of the Caves or the monastery in Pochayiv. Both are in the hands of the Russian-dominated segment of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. That is probably why Bartholomew appealed to all sides involved “that they avoid appropriation of Churches, Monasteries and other properties, as well as every other act of violence and retaliation, so that the peace and love of Christ may prevail,” according to the statement.

Splitting from Russia, Ukrainian Orthodox Christians win freedom (and Putin’s ire)

In a striking victory for religious freedom and a defeat for imperial cronyism, the Orthodox Church’s supreme council on Thursday approved Ukraine’s request for an “autocephalous,” or independent, church.

Ecumenical Patriarchate Agrees To Recognize Independence Of Ukrainian Church

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has agreed to recognize the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, a move immediately hailed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko but slamme…

Rift between Patriarchate and Moscow deepens | News | ekathimerini.com

The Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate has granted self-rule, also known as autocephaly, to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, while Moscow has warned the move could lead to a split within the Orthodox Church. The decision was reached during a three-day meeting of the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate and published on the Patriarchate’s website. However, a spokesman for Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill said the Russian Church will have to break eucharistical relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate over the decision. Spokesman Alexander Volkov also denounced the decision to rehabilitate Ukrainian Patriarch Filaret, who had been excommunicated by the Russian Orthodox Church, saying it will have “irreversible repercussions” for Orthodoxy around the world. “With its act Constantinople has crossed red lines and is violating the unity of global Orthodoxy,” Volkov said, according to the TASS news agency. Filaret is a staunch supporter of an independent Ukrainian church and is in favor of Ukraine’s closer integration with the West and a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The synod, which was chaired by Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios – seen as the first among equals of Orthodox Church leaders – decreed to “renew the decision already made that the Ecumenical Patriarchate proceed to the granting of autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine.”

 

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