Turkey's position on the split in the Orthodox world

dailysabah.com - 01-10


Last weekend, Istanbul hosted a historic meeting regarding the Christian world. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, along with Ukraine's new independent church's Primate Metropolitan Epiphanius, came to the Turkish metropolis to get the blessing and the formal decree from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Based in Istanbul, Bartholomew is the leader of some 300 million Orthodox Christians around the world, and is considered as the first among equals in the Orthodox world. The Christian leader first agreed to recognize the independence of the Ukrainian Church in October, then in December, holding a historic council of Orthodox bishops in Kiev, the church was created.