Head of the Church of Cyprus sends a letter to the Ecumenical Patriarch on the official recognition of the OCU
Archbishop Chrysostomos noted that "after much thought and prayers," he decided to remember the name of the new primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Epifaniy, during the Liturgy.
He specified that disagreements regarding “the alleged interference of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Ukraine due to the granting of the Tomos of autocephaly have no grounds, and those who protest “are the first violators.”
He calls on other Orthodox Churches to adhere to church institutions and decisions, and recalls that in addition to the four Middle Eastern Churches that are Apostolic and do not need a Tomos for their autocephaly, all other local churches should receive a Tomos from the Ecumenical Patriarch.
"Each local Orthodox Church should remain within its borders, and not interfere by ordaining bishops on the territory of another local Orthodox Church,” the Archbishop said.
As reported, on October 24, the head of the Church of Cyprus, Chrysostomos II, during the Liturgy at the Monastery of Panagia, mentioned the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epifaniy. The mention of Epifaniy's name in the diptych actually means that the Church of Cyprus recognized the OCU.