Kiev, December 13, Interfax - More than 50 archbishops of the Moscow Patriarchate's Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) who were invited by the Patriarch of Constantinople to attend the unification gathering have sent the invitations back to Istanbul.
"The UOC archbishops continue returning the message from Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople with invitations to the unification assembly, to the sender's address, to Fener [in Istanbul]," the church's information department said on its website on Thursday.
Fifty-six archbishops have already done so, not counting the bishops who refused to accept the invitation letters from the start, it said.
According to a 2018 management report, the UOC has 97 archbishops.
On December 8, it was reported that UOC head Metropolitan Onufry had returned his invitation.