The ROC will discuss the possible autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church at a special meeting

© Photo : the presidential administration Ukrainepresident of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew I. Archive photoThe ROC will discuss the possible autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church at a special meeting© Photo : the presidential administration of Ukraine

An extraordinary meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church held in Moscow St. Daniel monastery on Friday, according to RIA Novosti, it will discuss disagreements with the Patriarchate of Constantinople concerning the possible autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church and the appointment of Patriarch Bartholomew, their exarchs in Ukraine.

According to the Statute of the ROC, the highest bodies of Church authority and governance are the local Council, the Council of bishops and the Holy Synod. The Synod governs the Church between bishops ‘ councils, the meetings shall be convened by the Patriarch (or the Locum Tenens) several times a year. In the period between the councils, it was the Synod takes major decisions concerning the Church and social life.

«Tomorrow the extraordinary Synod, wait for the news,» wrote in a Telegram to the Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Vladimir Legoyda.

As a General rule, meetings of the Holy Synod held in Moscow several times a year they also held in St. Petersburg. The Synod consists of a President — the Patriarch (or the Locum Tenens), nine permanent and five temporary members of the diocesan bishops. In addition, the members of the Synod make up the Presidium of the Council of bishops.

Last Friday, the Patriarchate of Constantinople said that «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv. This decision strongly condemned the Moscow Patriarchate, calling it an intrusion on the canonical territory of other local churches. The Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion said that the Moscow Patriarchate will break Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the event of the giving them the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church.

The ROC will discuss the possible autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church at a special meeting© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous

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