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The thanksgiving prayer for granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian church in Kiev

October 14, 2018 — Kiev, Ukraine — Ukrainians flags are seen in front of the St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery in Kiev, Ukraine, on 14 October 2018. The Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate on October 11 said it had agreed to recognise the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, a move strongly desired by Kiev but which risks stoking new tensions with Moscow. A synod meeting chaired by Patriarch Bartholomew, seen as the first among equals of Orthodox Church leaders, »decreed to proceed to the granting of autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine,» said an official statement read in Istanbul, formerly Constantinople. In another key move, the synod also agreed to reinstate the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Patriarch Filaret and Kiev Metropolitan Makariy to their canonical ranks following their excommunication in the dispute with Moscow Patriarchy.The Ecumenical Patriarchate continues the procedure of granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. (Credit Image: © Serg Glovny/ZUMA Wire)

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