Constantinople, November 27, 2018
The Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople has begun its latest session that is scheduled to last until Thursday, reports BBC.
The Synod will discuss the current events in Greece surrounding the relationship between the Church and state and also the continuing issue of creating a new church in Ukraine that will be separate from the canonical Ukrainian Church headed by His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine.
The Patriarchate of Constantinople announced on November 19 that it would decide on the date of the “unification council” at this present Synod session. The “unification council” is intended to bring together the hierarchs of the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate” and the schismatic “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church” together into one new church.
According to Bishop Daniel of Pamphylia, who was appointed as one of two Exarchs to Kiev, noted that the discussion on Ukraine is expected to last all three days of the session, so news should be expected closer to Thursday, as the Union of Orthodox Journalists reports.
Word has spread through Ukrainian media every month that the council would soon be held, but it is has yet to come true. Poroshenko, who appealed to Constantinople for a tomos of autocephaly in April, initially expected autocephaly by late July, though it has been continually delayed. Most recently, many sources were reporting that the union council, meant to bring together all the Ukrainian schismatic and canonical hierarchs who support Constantinople’s initiative to create a new church, was to be held on November 22.
Hierarchs of the schismatic “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church” have repeatedly stated that no progress has been made in preparing for the council.
Meanwhile, advisor to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Rostislav Pavlenko arrived in Istanbul yesterday to meet with Patriarch Bartholomew about the “final steps to granting a tomos of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine,” as he writes on his Facebook page.
Pavlenko will also take part in the Synod session itself, as Poroshenko announced a few days ago.
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