This is pretty wild... I get that Patriarch Bartholomew believes that Apostolic Canon 34 doesn't apply to him at the universal level, but apparently it doesn't apply at the Cypriot level either?
And in your letter to the Ecumenical Patriarch, you informed him that you would commemorate the Metropolitan of Kiev.
Indeed. And I also thought it was a good thing, so that they [sc. the metropolitans of the Church of Cyprus] would not be disturbed and we would quarrel, not to inform them because if I did, they would have said no.
And as my own response, I would have said, “I’m not going to listen to you,” which would have made things worse. I say, “I will commemorate,” and they will protest and when they come to me to protest, I will tell them, “Brothers, because I did not intend to listen to you, I did not tell you. I apologize, but it is my right and I did it.”
The first interview, conducted by Apostolos Tomaras and originally published in the Cypriot edition of I Kathimerini, can be found in Greek here. Your Beatitude, why did you go ahead at this moment…