Constantinople, October 10, 2018
The issue of granting a tomos of autocephaly to Ukrainian schismatics was not discussed at the first day of the Holy Synod of Constantinople’s three-day meeting, reports BBC News Ukraine, with reference to a source in the Church.
The Synod’s meeting continues today and tomorrow. The BBC’s source could neither confirm nor deny that the issue would be raised today or tomorrow.
However, a number of sources familiar with the ongoing process of preparing to grant autocephaly have indicated that a decision will most likely be made at this current session, although it is unknown what that decision will be.
As reported yesterday, the patriarchal exarchs sent to Kiev last month, Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon and Bishop Ilarion of Edmonton from Canada, were invited to the meeting to present on their work with the schismatics in Ukraine and to speak on whether Ukraine is ready to receive autocephaly.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has also stated that autocephaly is coming soon to Ukraine, and schismatic leaders, such as “Patriarch” Philaret Denisenko of the “Kiev Patriarchate,” have repeatedly stated that they are expecting a tomos of autocephaly following this October meeting.
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