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Constantinople grants exclusive recognition to the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.12.02 Intetfax: 02 December 2005, 13:36 Archbishop of Thyateira: Patriarchate of Constantinople grants exclusive recognition to the canonical Ukrainian
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      2005.12.02 Intetfax:
      02 December 2005, 13:36

      Archbishop of Thyateira: Patriarchate of Constantinople grants exclusive
      recognition to the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox church


      Kiev, December 2, Interfax - The Patriarchate of Constantinople 'grants
      exclusive recognition to the canonical Ukrainian orthodox church' headed by
      Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine, archbishop Gregorios of
      Thyateira and Great Britain who represented Patriarch Bartholomew at the
      recent 70th jubilee of the UOC primate, said.


      Interfax got this information from press service of the Ukrainian church
      which is preparing a set of interviews given in Kiev by representatives of
      the Orthodox churches throughout the world.

      A hierarch of the Patriarchate of Constantinople denounced the transfer of
      the see of the Ukrainian greek catholics from Lvov to Kiev and underscored
      that Bartholomew I assessed these actions as 'proselytic'. The archbishop
      said further that the Patriarchate of Constantinople sides with the
      Orthodox church in Ukraine in its pain caused by proselytic activities of
      the uniates and protestants, and also by the current schisms.

      Head of the Greek diocese in Great Britain emphasized that the restoration
      of church unity was possible only 'through repentance' as 'the canons are
      the guideline which helps the church take correct decisions'.

      As to the restitution of church property in Ukraine, archbishop Gregorios
      pointed out that 'state leaders and politicians should find a reasonable
      solution so that the things that are Caesar's be rendered to Caesar and to
      God the things that are God's' and added that 'the Church is the mother of
      all people.'

      The guest conveyed Patriarch Bartholomew's wish to Metropolitan Vladimir
      for all ecclesiastical problems to be solved as soon as possible. 'He has
      the strength with his experience and wisdom, with support of laymen and
      clergy and in cooperation with the president and government to fulfil this
      task', the archbishop said.
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