Constantinople will discuss the request for autocephaly of the UOC, together with other churches

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Castinplace in photomontage parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate at the Parliament building in Kiev. 18 may 2017Constantinople will discuss the request for autocephaly of the UOC, together with other churches© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Castinplace the image Bank

The Patriarchate of Constantinople announced that, together with other Orthodox churches will study the query «Church and political leaders» of Ukraine on granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

«The Ecumenical Patriarchate, the divine and sacred canons and the centuries-old Church order and tradition, given the global Orthodox Church and of responsibility for pan-Orthodox unity, of Holy baptism in Constantinople of the Orthodox Ukrainian people, examined in detail the question about the Church situation in Ukraine, as it was in previous synods, made the request for autocephaly on the part of clergy and political figures representing several million Orthodox Ukrainians», — stated in the press service of the Patriarchate.

«(The Ecumenical Patriarchate) has decided on the request to be in close communion with the other sister Orthodox churches for their information and coordination» — is listed in the text.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople added that his Synod had discussed the matter on 19 and 20 April.