Constantinople Church official denies rumors of its intention to found metropolia in Ukraine

Source: Interfax-Religion

Moscow, August 5, 2016


The Constantinople Patriarchate, despite the rumors, is
not going to create its own jurisdiction in Ukraine,
Archbishop Job of Telmessos, a representative of
Constantinople in the World Council of Churches, said.

“The Ecumenical Patriarchate does not plan to create
another parallel jurisdiction in Ukraine because such a
non-canonical situation will only aggravate the
problem,” he said in an interview with the website
Orthodox Life.

The main goal of the Constantinople Patriarchate is
“the unity of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine”
and Patriarch Bartholomew “is ready to help cure the
Church division” following the recent example in the
Bulgarian Church and the Church of the Czech Lands and
Slovakia, the hierarch said.

“Everyone, Ukrainians and Orthodox Christians
worldwide, are tired of this division,” Archbishop
Job said.

According to earlier reports, the Ukrainian media has
recently reported that Archbishop Job called Ukraine a
canonical territory of the Constantinople Church during
his visit to Kiev to attend the celebrations of the Day of
the Christening of Rus. In the meantime, the Moscow
Patriarchate doubted that the representative of
Constantinople could indeed have said such a thing and
said the allegations were invented by journalists.

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