The Ecumenical Patriarchate has ruled that the header of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC KP), Filaret, and the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, Makariy, are canonical bishops, the orthodoxia.info website has reported quoting well-informed sources.
Thus, the Holy Synod upheld their appeals and restored their canonical status.
No details are available yet.
The spokesman for the UOC KP, Yevstratiy Zorya, has confirmed the news.
He added that the Holy Synod invalidated the decision to recognise the annexation of the Kyiv Metropoly by the Russian church in 1686.