19 Nov 2018 12:13

Synod of Ecumenical Patriarchate to decide on date of church unification assembly in Ukraine

KYIV. Nov 19 (Interfax) - The date of the unification assembly of the Orthodox church in Ukraine in December will be decided and announced by the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Constantinople Patriarchate said.

"In preparation for the meeting of the Holy and Sacred Synod from November 27 to 29, 2018, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople reiterates its sacred decision to grant the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine," the Patriarchate said.

"While the preparation process for the Holy Council (SOBOR) of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine is underway, a concrete date within December 2018 will be presented for the confirmation and announcement by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate," it said.

The assembly had originally been scheduled for November 22.

The publication Levyy Bereg cited sources in church circles as saying that the probable date of the assembly, where representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches are expected to make a decision on the unification of the church and elect its head, is December 9-10.