Romanian Orthodox Church supports Patriarch Bartholomew
On these days, large-scale church celebrations take place on the occasion of the dedication of the National Cathedral - the newly built Romanian Patriarchate Cathedral. The event is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the unification of the Romanian lands in 1918 and the formation of a modern Romanian state - this anniversary is celebrated throughout the year.
Patriarch Bartholomew arrived at the invitation of Patriarch Daniel of Romania to lead the church dedication ceremony.
On November 24th, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, before the meeting of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Church, once again emphasized that the Mother Church of Constantinople decided to grant autocephaly to the Church in Ukraine. The patriarch reminded that out of 14 Local Churches, nine received the autocephalous status through the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, including the Romanian Church.
Archbishop Yevstratiy (Zorya), spokesperson of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate, commented on this event: "Thus, in the context of the crisis in relations between Moscow and Constantinople, the two Churches show unity – just as it was the case in 2016, when the Romanian Patriarch's position in favor of immediate conduct of the Pan-Orthodox Council contributed to the success of the case. Thus, on the eve of important events for Ukraine -- the adoption of the Tomos of autocephaly expected next week during the session of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate; and the subsequent Unification Council – the Ecumenical Patriarch demonstrates support for his position on the part of one of the largest Local Churches – the Romanian Orthodox Church.