2018-10-11 16:45:00

Ecumenical Patriarchate grants canonical status to Kiev Patriarchate, whose leader anathematized by Russian Church - Greek website

Athens, October 11, Interfax - The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople decided at an assembly on Thursday to grant canonical status to the self-proclaimed Kiev Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, according to the Greek website Orthodoxia.info's sources.

It was reported earlier that "Kiev Patriarchate" leader Filaret Denisenko and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church leader Makary Maletich had "made an appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarchate requesting their past convictions be re-assessed," it said.

A source of the Greek religious news agency Romfea confirmed this report.

Since the Russian Orthodox Church declared Filaret Denisenko anathema in 1997, not a single local Orthodox Church has been in communion with the "Kiev Patriarchate".

Constantinople has not yet made official statements on the outcomes of the Holy Synod assembly.