Russian Patriarch: Constantinople Seizes Right to Convene Ecumenical Council

© Sputnik / Sergei Pyatakov / Go to the photo bankHead of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, leads the festive Easter service.
Head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, leads the festive Easter service. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has no right to single-handedly convene an Ecumenical Council, as the church canons state no such power, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said on Tuesday.

"The Patriarch of Constantinople has appropriated the right to convene an Ecumenical Council on his own accord, without relying on any church rules. It is not stated anywhere that he has such a right," the patriarch said at the eighth "Faith and Word" international festival of orthodox media.

Last week, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kiev Patriarchate (UOC-KP) head Filaret Denisenko said that Bartholomew was responsible for announcing the date for convening a new Ecumenical Council, during which autocephaly would be granted to the UOC-KP.

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