Greek Bishops to Decide on Recognition of Ukrainian Church
A decision will be made in late February
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The Church of Greece has launched a procedure of recognition of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Ekathimerini reports.
The Church of Greece, comprised of 82 bishops, will decide in late February whether or not to recognize the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, which was formally granted independence from Moscow last Sunday by Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of the world’s Eastern Orthodox Christians, has sent letters to 13 patriarchates and churches of the Orthodox world requesting that they also recognize the Ukrainian church’s independence.
The decision has led to a rift between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Russian Patriarch Kirill, who also sent letters asking Orthodox patriarchates and churches to reject the decision by Bartholomew.
On Jan. 6, the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul hosted a tomos handover ceremony.
On Dec. 15, 2018, the Unification Council elected the metropolitan of Pereyaslavl and Bila Tserkva, Epiphanios (Serhiy Dumenko), as the head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.