New Orthodox Church of Ukraine may reach deal with Romanian Church on recognition
The Ukrainian church leader considers it acceptable to create a vicariate for the Romanian believers in Bukovyna region within the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, as requested by the Romanian Church.
Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine, head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy has said the Ukrainian Church is ready to fulfill the conditions set forth by the Romanian Church to grant recognition to the new church of Ukraine that is fully independent of Moscow influence, Ukrayinska Pravda repprts.
He considers it acceptable to create a vicariate for the Romanian believers in Bukovyna within the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, as requested by the Romanian Church.
"Of course, we need to negotiate. This statement only came last week. We will discuss everything. We are ready. And it will be a mirror step, because a vicariate has already been created in the territory of the Romanian Church for Ukrainian parishes where they pray in Ukrainian. Why not give Romanians the same opportunity?" he said.
Epifaniy added the following: "I do not consider this an issue and I'm sure we will have this resolved, and the Romanian Church will recognize our autocephaly."