Patriarch Bartholomew will not convoke Pan-Orthodox discussion of Ukraine’s autocephaly

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew refused to convene the Synaxis (Assembly) of the Primates of the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches to discuss the issue of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. He said this in a letter to Patriarch of Antioch Antonio X, the official website of the Russian Orthodox Church reports.


Earlier, the Head of the Antiochian Patriarchate appealed to Bartholomew with a request to discuss the “Ukrainian question” at the Pan-Orthodox level. The same request was issued by other Autocephalous Churches, which are within Moscow’s sphere of influence – Polish and Czech Churches. It is noteworthy that the Church of Cyprus and Romanian Church mentioned the possibility of the Pan-Orthodox discussion of this issue, but did not insist on this format. The Cypriots called for giving more time to the Ukrainian Orthodox community, while the Romanians outlined a number of conditions that affect the interests of their Church.


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