2019-01-30 17:58:00

Constantinople delegation visits Tbilisi to discuss Ukrainian autocephaly with Georgian patriarch

Tbilisi, January 30, Interfax - The meeting between Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, a representative of the Constantinople Patriarchate, and Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II on the issue of recognition of the Ukrainian church's autocephaly did not yield any results, Metropolitan Emmanuel told reporters after the meeting.

"We discussed all vital issues faced by the Orthodox Church. The main goal that all Orthodox Churches share is to maintain our unity. I discussed that with the patriarch of Georgia," the metropolitan said.

The issue of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian church was also raised, he said. "We discussed the issue of the Ukrainian church's autocephaly and the tomos. Our purpose was to inform [each other] about some details, we didn't want for force any positions. It was just an information meeting. We know that the catholicos-patriarch has a lot of wisdom and can make the right decision," he said.

Metropolitan Shio (Mujiri), the patriarchal locum tenens, who also attended the meeting, told reporters that the delegation of the ecumenical patriarch had not tried to convince the patriarch to make a particular decision.

"The Constantinople Patriarchate understands our slowness on the issue of recognizing the autocephaly of the Ukrainian church. Unfortunately, some of our people say that the slowness of our Church is associated with Russian influence, which is not true," Metropolitan Shio said.

The Georgian Orthodox Church will make a decision regarding Ukraine's autocephaly at the meeting of the Holy Synod in the spring.