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The Synod discussed the development of situation following the Kiev Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The Synod discussed the development of situation following the Kiev Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
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7 June 2022 year 14:48

On June 7, 2022, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church discussed the development of the situation following the Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church that took place on May 27 in Kiev (Minutes No. 58).

The Synod was grieved to note that the hierarchs, clergy, monastics and laity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church continue enduring the pressure put on her by Ukrainian state officials and the extremistically tuned part of the Ukrainian society, Patriarchia.ru reports.

The Holy Synod expressed support for all the hierarchs, clergy, monastic and laity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church who, aware of the need to observe the canonical order, seek to adhere to the order defined by the Charter of His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia issued on October 27, 1990, and the canonical norm of the liturgical mention of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia (see Protodeutera 15).

The Synod reiterated that the decision to change the status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church can be adopted only in a canonical procedure including a resolution of the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church and stressed that arbitrary actions to change the status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church can lead to the emergence of a new schism within her. The Holy Synod noted that the same was noticed by the Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which pointed out in its statement of May 12, 2022, that any discussion on the life of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church should not go beyond the canonical framework nor should it lead to new divisions in the Church.

The Synod also called upon all the hierarchs, clergy, monastics and laity to an ardent prayer for the preservation of church unity.

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