The statement addresses a number of pressing issues facing the Orthodox Church today, in particular in Kosovo, Syria, and Ukraine, but which effect the entirety of the Orthodox Church. The statement places heavy and continuous emphasis on the need for the Churches to act by consensus rather than unilaterally.
Answering the question why the Ecumenical Patriarchate is interfering in the affairs of the Ukrainian Church while refusing to resolve the issue of the schismatic Macedonian “Church,” Fr. Nikolai noted the double standard being employed by the Patriarchate.
21 people were killed in the attack, including the gunman, fourth year student Vladislav Roslyakov, and more than 50 wounded. He entered the school at about noon on Wednesday and began firing randomly. The shooting lasted about 15 minutes, and he also detonated a nail bomb. Local police also deactivated several other explosives found on campus.
The central event will be held on Sunday, October 28 at the Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene in Warsaw, with the Divine Liturgy to be celebrated by His Beatitude Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland with the concelebration of the bishops of the Polish Holy Synod.
Having returned to Kiev from Constantinople, His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew’s two Exarchs to Ukraine, Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon and Bishop Ilarion of Edmonton, met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday, conveying to him the patriarch’s thanks for his efforts towards creating an autocephalous Church in Ukraine.
The leaders of the two schismatic Orthodox bodies in Ukraine are unable to come to a common vision of how to structure their new united church, to which the Ecumenical Patriarchate would then grant autocephaly, Makary (Maletich), the head of the “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church,”
While the Holy Synod of the Jerusalem Patriarchate has not made an official statement on the situation in Ukraine and the division between the Moscow and Ecumenical Patriarchates following Constantinople’s statement last Thursday, the hierarchy and faithful of the Church are following and concerned about the recent developments.
Ten candidates were proposed yesterday for the renaming of South Sakhalin Airport on the far eastern Russian island of Sakhalin. Among the nominees was St. Innocent (Veniamin) of Moscow, the Equal to the Apostles and Enlightener of North America.
Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon, one of the two Patriarchal Exarchs in Ukraine, noted at a meeting with President Petro Poroshenko earlier today that the entirety of the clergy of the KP nand UAOC are now considered canonical clergy.
His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Kythira and Antikythera has called upon the Greek Orthodox Church to formulate a response to the Church crisis situation in Ukraine, brought on by the recent announcement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
The Ecumenical Patriarchate has made an unprecedented decision it has no right to make, said His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, commenting on the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s official recognition of the schismatics in Ukraine.