Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople

Greek Orthodox Church backs independence of Ukrainian Church

The Church of Greece said Wednesday it supported Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios' right to grant independence to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in 2018.

The Holy Synod, which met on Tuesday and Wednesday, said it also recognized Vartholomaios' "privilege" to "further address the issue of recognition."

Vartholomaios, Imamoglu meet in Istanbul

Ekrem Imamoglu (l) the newly elected Mayor of Istanbul, talks to members of the media with Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios (r), the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, following their meeting in Istanbul, Thursday. Imamoglu of the Republican People's Party (CHP) won a decisive victory on June 23, his second in three months after authorities annulled an earlier vote.

Opinion: Only Patriarch Filaret will Protect Ukrainian Faithful in Diaspora

"We are told that our transition into the jurisdiction of Constantinople will not change anything in the life of our parishes. But all this is a lie," - Ukrainian Orthodox Christian believer Olga Samulyak explained to the Canadian Ukrainian Religious Information Bulletin. 

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