2018-12-06 11:22:00

Filaret won't seek post of head of Ukraine's local autocephalous church

Kiev, December 6, Interfax - Kiev Patriarchate leader Filaret will not run for the post of head of Ukraine's local autocephalous church, said the Ukrainian Verkhovnaya Rada speaker's spokesman Andrey Kovalyov, who worked in the self-proclaimed Kiev Patriarchate's information department.

"The information available to me indicates that he [Filaret] will not run for the post of head [of Ukraine's local autocephalous church]... A bishop who will be elected at the assembly on December 15 is likely to be unknown to the public, Ukrainian society. But, in my opinion, he will be a representative of the Kiev Patriarchate because Kiev Patriarchate bishops will be in the majority there," Kovalyov told Hromadske TV when asked who may become the head of the local autocephalous church in Ukraine.

Forty-one bishops of the Kiev Patriarchate have a chance to be elected to this post, he said.