Phanar delegation discusses “Ukrainian issue” with Greek Primate

Abp. Ieronymos with the Phanar deligation

The hierarchs of Constantinople met with His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos to voice their views on the status of the OCU.

On April 1, the Phanar delegation held a meeting with the Primate of the Church of Greece, His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos, reports the “Romfea” news agency.

The meeting was entirely devoted to a single issue – the attitude towards the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

Constantinople was represented by Metropolitan Emmanuel of Gaul and Metropolitan Amphilochios of Adrianopolis. As reported by the Greek agency, the parties at the session “exchanged views and expressed mutual concern.” 

The Greek Primate assured the Phanar representatives that he is closely monitoring the Ukrainian situation and that the Church will express its official position on the issue at the upcoming plenary meeting of the hierarchy. 

We recall that so far, no Local Church has recognized the OCU. A number of Churches (Russian, Polish, Serbian, Cypriot, Romanian, Antiochian, Albanian, Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia) have opposed such recognition in one form or another.

The Phanar hierarchs, who were present at the meeting with His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos, were involved in the creation of the OCU. Metropolitan Emmanuel of Gaul presided over the “Unification Council” that created the new schismatic church, and Metropolitan Amphilochios of Adrianopolis attended the enthronement of Epiphany, the head of this structure. Both bishops of Constantinople concelebrated with schismatics.

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