2019-10-13 20:44:00

Greek Orthodox Church hierarchs recognize OCU autocephaly

Kiev, October 13, Interfax - The Council of hierarchs of the Greek Orthodox Church has resolved to recognize the autocephaly of the new church of Ukraine (OCU), OCU leader Yepifaniy Dumenko wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

He said he hoped to visit Athens "in a not too distant future" to express his gratitude in person to Archbishop Ieronymos, the hierarchs, and the whole of the Greek Church.

The Council's decision was also announced by OCU spokesman Ivan Sidor. "At an extraordinary meeting on October 12 the Council of the Ellada Orthodox Church recognized the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The decision was made under the chairmanship of the head of the Council and Greek Church leader His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos," Sidor wrote on Facebook.

According to the church news website Romfea.gr, the Greek archbishop presented a report entitled "Information on the autocephalous church of Ukraine." His proposal on the church of Ukraine was recognized and accepted by a majority of hierarchs.

The so-called Orthodox Church of Ukraine was set up in December 2018 with support of the Constantinople Patriarchate and then acting Ukrainian authorities basing on the country’s two non-canonical religious organizations. Till now none of the canonical Churches has recognized it except Constantinople one.