Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Patriarch Bartholomew won't celebrate divine services with Kiev schismatics

15 July 2008, 12:26

Kiev, July 15, Interfax - Representatives of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople have demanded to exclude participation of "hierarchs" of the self-proclaimed Kiev Patriarchate in the celebrations of the 1020th anniversary of Russia's Baptism.

The Ukrainian Church Department for External Relations Archimandrite Kirill (Hovorun) tells it in his article in the official website of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on the results of the recent visit of the Constantinople representatives to Kiev.

Istanbul guests reminded that Patriarch Bartholomew recognized only Metropolitan Vladimir as the primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

When in Ukraine, the Constantinople Patriarchate representatives more than once stressed that schismatics should not participate in the same events with Patriarch Bartholomew and Metropolitan Vladimir, Fr. Kirill writes.


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