- Aug 13, 2015
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His Holiness Patriarch Kirill met with His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew today at the Phanar in Istanbul to discuss various issues including the ongoing situation in Ukraine. Sources are stating that Pat. Bartholomew notified Pat. Kirill that he was going to press ahead with the granting of autocephaly to resolve the ongoing difficulties in Ukraine, where alongside the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), there are two other Orthodox groups also claiming the territory: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kievan Patriarchate) and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.
https://mospat.ru/en/2018/08/31/news163232/Before the departure for Moscow from the Istanbul airport, Patriarch Kirill answered questions from journalists.
According to His Holiness, for the past two years since the previous meeting of the two Primates, ‘much has happened in the life of our Church, and the whole situation in the world has greatly changed’.
Having described the dialogue that took place between them as ‘a talk between two brothers’, Patriarch Kirill stated that they discussed ‘all the problems on the agenda’.
‘I hope we will continue working together so that the world may become better’, he added.
‘Without coordination with His Holiness, I would not like to let you into details, although there was nothing secret, nothing that would make one’s conciseness explode’, Patriarch Kirill specified, ‘It was a very correct talk – a talk between the heads of two Churches who are aware of their responsibility of the state of Universal Orthodoxy and for the state of human souls in places and countries under our responsibility’.
Speaking about a continuation of pan-Orthodox dialogue, His Holiness underscored that ‘problems keep emerging, challenging Churches from the pastoral point of view. The world is changing rapidly, and no Church can make decisions that would run contrary to the position of another Orthodox Church’.
‘Therefore, we are simply programmed for interaction and cooperation, and since the world is rapidly changing, this cooperation, too, should be dynamic enough’, His Holiness concluded.