Pat. Irinej of Serbia: We do not recognize OCU and pray for canonical UOC
The Serbian Orthodox Church does not recognize the newly established church structure in Ukraine as canonical, declared Patriarch Irinej of Serbia.
“They sent (an invitation to the enthronement of “metropolitan” Epiphany – Ed.) but we replied that we did not want to attend. We are not going to recognize them. We pray for the canonical unity, for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” said the First Hierarch.
As the UOJ reported, the enthronement of Epiphany Dumenko, which took place on February 3 in the Sophia Cathedral, was attended by none of the hierarchs of the Local Churches except Constantinople. However, it was attended by the Roman Catholics, the head of the UGCC and the Protestants.