Patriarch Bartholomew thanks Archbishop Ieronymos for the decision on OCU

Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Ieronymos. Photo: Vima Orthodoxias

The head of Phanar thanked the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church for supporting the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

On October 12, 2019, after the Council of Hierarchy of the Greek Orthodox Church, Patriarch Bartholomew thanked Archbishop Ieronymos in a telephone conversation for the decision regarding the OCU, the Greek edition Vima Orthodoxias reports.

In a conversation that lasted no more than 5 minutes, the head of the Patriarchate of Constantinople said, “Thank you for supporting the Ecumenical Patriarchate and for being with the Mother Church.”

According to the journalists of the publication, the phone call of the Phanar’s head should be taken as a messsage to other Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches, who must not delay with the decision on this issue. It concerns, first of all, the Greek-speaking Primates: Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus and Archbishop Anastasios of Albania.

In turn, the publication reports, Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos, when asked by the journalist during the press conference after the Synod of Hierarchy about possible responses of the Moscow Patriarchate to the decision, replied, “We do not think about responses, we have fulfilled our duty to ensure unity."

Earlier, the UOJ wrote that the Greek Orthodox Church had recognized the OCU.

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