The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate released a communiqué from its Thursday-Friday regular session, stating that, as Ukraine’s “true Mother Church,” it has decided to begin a dialogue and coordination with its sister autocephalous Orthodox Churches on the matter of creating an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
The anarchists further likened themselves to Christ casting the “Pharisees and hucksters” out of the Temple. They specifically identified the “liberation” of the Kiev Caves Lavra from the Russian Orthodox Church as their immediate goal.
Speaking of the prospects for receiving a tomos of autocephaly for a Local Ukrainian Church from the Ecumenical Patriarch, the head of state reflected, “Anything can happen, but I am absolutely convinced that everything is up to the will of God.”
Deputies from the Ukrainian parliament “Opposition Bloc” have sent an address to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, decrying President Petro Poroshenko’s plan to interfere in Church matters and force the creation of a single, autocephalous Church in Ukraine.
In a new interview with RIA-Novosti, His Eminence Metropoitan Amfilohije of Montenegro of the Serbian Orthodox Church addressed the issue of the current situation in Syria, calling the attack launched by the U.S., U.K., and France a shame for the NATO nations.
The spiritual father of the Monastery of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers in Ganina Yama, the place where the Royal Martyrs’ bodies were dumped after their murder, Hieroschemamonk Abel (Odintsev) reposed in the Lord on Tuesday.
His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople met with various political and religious representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia on April 10 and 11, taking the opportunity to address the issue of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s agreement to help the schismatic Macedonian Church acquire canonicity and autocephaly.