On September 29, the Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk on the program The Church and the World, broadcast on the Russian state media outlet Rossiya 24. He commented at length on the ongoing situation with the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, which is currently making a historic bid for independence from the Russian Orthodox Church. There are two major Orthodox Churches in Ukraine — the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate. The latter is a constituent part of the Russian Orthodox Church and its Patriarch, Kirill.
The Kyiv Patriarchate is in the process of receiving “autocephaly” – a term roughly meaning autonomy – from the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople in Istanbul, and it is expected to receive it. This would essentially make the Ukrainian Orthodox Church an internationally recognized independent Orthodox Church.Read more