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    Constantinople to Review UAOC s Request to Come Under the Jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Tuesday, 01 September 2009 14:09 01.09.2009, [21:46] //
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      Constantinople to Review UAOC's Request to Come Under the Jurisdiction of
      the Ecumenical Patriarchate

      Tuesday, 01 September 2009 14:09

      01.09.2009, [21:46] // UAOC // risu.org.ua

      CONSTANTINOPLE - The letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew from the
      Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) will be reviewed at the
      session of the Holy Synod in Constantinople on September 28, 2009.
      UNIAN-Religion reported that General Secretary of the Holy Synod of the
      Ecumenical Patriarchate Archimandrite Elpidophoros Lambriniadis informed the
      publication "Kommersant-Ukraina" of this.

      After the session of the Holy Synod, a delegation of the Ecumenical
      Patriarchate will come to Ukraine for further review. "No decision will be
      made fast or spontaneously. We are planning the visit of the Patriarchate's
      delegation to Ukraine for the beginning of October. During the visit there
      will be a meeting between representatives of the Holy Synod and Metropolitan
      Mefodiy (head of the UAOC), where the given question will be discussed,
      after which we will make a definitive decision," said the archimandrite.

      The Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) skeptically
      regards the perspective of the UAOC coming under the jurisdiction of the
      Ecumenical Patriarchate. "The UAOC has practically no chances - during
      Patriarch Bartholomew's visit to Kyiv he clearly made it understood that he
      will only converse with a canonical Church, thus with us," the press
      secretary of the head of t he UOC-MP proto-hierarch Heorhij Kovalenko is
      quoted by "Kommersant."

      The Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) responds the same
      way to the letter of Metropolitan Mefodiy. "We really doubt that Patriarch
      Bartholomew will accept the UAOC under his omophorion, the more so since it
      is a small Orthodox jurisdiction," said the head of the
      informational-publication department of the UOC-KP Bishop Yevstratiy
      (Zorya). He believes that the UAOC's appeal to Constantinople was influenced
      by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church's visit to Ukraine. "After Kirill's
      visit to Ukraine, the UAOC understood that Moscow will not support the
      creation of a national church in Ukraine, so they again focused their
      attention on Constantinople," feels Bishop Yevstratij.

      As RISU reported, on August 26, 2009, the Hierarchal Synod of the UAOC sent
      an appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with a request to accept
      the UAOC into the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate with rights of
      autonomy.

      . http://religions.unian.net/rus/detail/1592


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