BREAKING NEWS: PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA AND ALL-AFRICA THEODORE II RECOGNIZES P.Ts.U.
RISU, 8 November 2019
Today, 8 November, Patriarch of Alexandria and all-Africa Theodore II, during the Divine Liturgy on the day of the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael (new style) in the church in his honor in the capital of Egypt, commemorated the name of Metropolitan of Kiev and all-Ukraine Epifany as the primate of the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PTsU).
The reliability is confirmed from two news sources. An official report is expected later. This was stated in Facebook by the spokesman of the PTsU, Archbishop Evstraty.
In this way, the patriarchate of Alexandria joined the churches that recognize the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. As is known, the Alexandria church occupies second place after the ecumenical patriarchate in the diptychs. (tr. by PDS, posted 8 November 2019)
R.P.Ts. CONSIDERS FURTHER COMMEMORATION OF ALEXANDRIA PATRIARCH IMPOSSIBLE
Interfax-Religiia, 8 November 2019
The recognition of the uncanonical church of Ukraine (PTsU) by the patriarch of Alexandria makes it impossible for Patriarch Kirill to commemorate him, the patriarchate of Moscow declared.
"The Russian Orthodox Church is deeply saddened by the news about the decision of Patriarch of Alexandria Theodore to recognize Epifany Dumenko as the leader of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and to commemorate his name in the diptychs of the Alexandria church. This means that the commemoration of the name of the patriarch of Alexandria will not be able to continue in the performance of patriarchal divine services in the Russian Orthodox Church," the vice-chairman of the synodal Department for External Church Relations, Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, told Interfax on Friday.
He said that the Holy Synod of the Moscow patriarchate will consider the news being received in making subsequent decisions.
Earlier today it was learned that the primate of another one of the Orthodox churches of the world, the Alexandrine, Patriarch Theodore, recognized the PTsU, mentioning during the liturgy the name of its leader, Epifany, as the primate of one of the local Orthodox churches.
In late October, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Ieronymos II, recognized the PTsU, despite opposition on the part of his own episcopate.
The patriarch of Alexandria is "second in honor" after the patriarch of Constantinople among the primates of local Orthodox churches of the world. In his youth, he studied at the University of Odessa and later, from 1985 to 1990, he was the rector of the Alexandrian extension in Odessa. Until now, Patriarch Theodore had been known as one of the chief defenders of canonical Orthodoxy in Ukraine.
A year ago, soon after the patriarch of Constantinople recognized the Ukrainian schism, Theodore II made a visit to Odessa in order to express solidarity with the canonical church of that country, and he promised it his support on the international level.
was created in December of last year with the cooperation of the
patriarchate of Constantinople and the then leadership of
Ukraine led by President Petro Poroshenko. Until recently, it
was not recognized by a single one of the Orthodox churches of
the world, with the exception of the Constantinople church. (tr.
by PDS, posted 8 November 2019)
ALEXANDRIA PATRIARCH PERSONALLY ANNOUNCES THAT DECISION RECOGNIZING P.Ts.U. WAS CAREFULLY WEIGHED
RISU, 8 November 2019
A video has appeared of a speech by Patriarch of Alexandria Theodore II, where he explains the decision of his church to recognize the PTsU [Orthodox Church of Ukraine].
"The ancient patriarchate of Alexandria, after much prayer and after much deliberation, in the presence of many bishops and in the presence of His Grace the ambassador of Greece, would like to officially declare that as of today the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Ukraine is entered into the diptychs."
[A photo of a letter in Greek, followed by a translation into Russian]
"Protocol No. 115/2019, translation by Cerkvarium.
"To the most reverend and reverend bishops of our Holy Apostolic See of Saint Mark
"Beloved holy bishops. After we discussed personally with each of you, with positive result, and after mature reflection and numerous prayers, and after invoking the inspiration of the Comforter the Holy Spirit, and having concern for the unity of the Orthodox Church, we have come to the decision to recognize the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and of its primate, His Beatitude Epifany, because the time has come.
"+Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all-Africa Theodore II
"In the great city of Alexandria
"8 November 2019"
(tr. by PDS, posted 8 November 2019)
ALEXANDRIAN PATRIARCHATE OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZES P.Ts.U.
Union of Orthodox Journalists, 8 November 2019
Evstraty Zoria published an official communiqué of the Chief Secretariat of the patriarchate of Alexandria and all-Africa about recognition of the PTsU [Orthodox Church of Ukraine].
On 8 November 2019 the Alexandrian patriarchate recognized the PTsU, the spokesman of the new church structure, Evstraty Zoria, reported on his Facebook page.
Zoria published a photocopy of the official communication of the Chief Secretariat of the patriarchate of Alexandria and all-Africa, in which the Alexandrian patriarchate gave information about the "recognition of the patriarchal and synodal tomos of the ecumenical patriarchate concerning the autocephaly of the Ukrainian church and the inclusion of the name of the primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kiev and all-Ukraine Epifany, in the diptychs for commemoration."
After the divine worship in which the name of Epifany was read among the primates of local churches, Patriardh Theodore gave a commentary, in which he called this an "important event in the church." "From today, our patriarchate has inscribed in the diptych the 'autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine' and His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifany. Henceforth Epifany will be commemorated in churches of the patriarchate of Alexandria."
The Union of Orthodox Journalists is publishing the full text of a [Russian] translation of the official communiqué:
"In recent months we have seen the order/desire of the holy fraternal bishops to recognize the grant of autonomy to the Ukrainian church through the tomos of His Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch.
"As is known to all, our Holy Catholic Orthodox Church functions through a conciliar system of administration, as it received by tradition and from the Holy Ecumenical Councils. Because of this the primates of the local church councils are their members.
"Because of this we also, as a member and executive authority of the order or desire of the brothers of the holy bishops have commemorated in the diptychs of the Catholic Orthodox Church the primate of the autocephalous church of Kiev and all-Ukraine, His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifany, fervently praying for the peace and prosperity of our Orthodox churches.
"In Alexandria, 8 November 2019.
"From the General Secretariat of the Patriarchate of Alexandria and all-Africa."
by PDS, posted 8
ALEXANDRIAN PATRIARCH RECOGNIZES P.Ts.U: WHAT THIS MEANS
InfoResist, 8 November 2019
The patriarchate of Alexandria, the most senior after the ecumenical patriarchate, officially recognized the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Patriarch of Alexandria and all-Africa Theodore II mentioned the primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan of Kiev and all-Ukraine Epifany, during the liturgy on 8 November in the church of the Archangels in Cairo, Romfea and Orthodoxia report.
Thereby the patriarchate of Alexandria became the second patriarchate that has recognized the PTsU. Meanwhile, there has been no official report about this yet from the patriarchate of Alexandria.
It should be noted that recognition of the PTsU by the patriarchate of Alexandria is a powerful signal for the whole Orthodox world. The point is that many other local churches have already stated that they will decide regarding their attitude toward the Orthodox Church of Ukraine after the old patriarchates, like Alexandria, recognize it.
Such a step may be expected from the patriarchate of Jerusalem. In the foreseeable future the PTsU may be recognized by the Cypriot, Georgian, and Romanian autocephalous churches. The greatest problems with recognition of the PTsU are expected in churches that are oriented toward the Moscow patriarchate. Thus one should not expect recognition from the Polish Orthodox Church, the patriarchate of Antioch in Syria, the Serbian Orthodox Church, and the churches of the Czech Lands and Slovakia.
As reported earlier, the RPTs has partially broken off relations with the Greek church because of recognition of the PTsU. (tr. by PDS, posted 8 November 2019)
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