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Ukrainian Church denies nominating Metropolitan of Kiev for Patriarch

Kiev, December 26, Interfax - The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) has said that no one nominated Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine as a candidate for the upcoming election of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.  "What the Ukrainian Orthodox bishops said to their Patriarch cannot and must not be interpreted as a formal nomination of His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine for patriarchate," the Metropolitan press secretary Archpriest Georgy Kovalenko said in the comments posted on the UOC website.  The statement comes after several allegations made by the media, which Fr. Georgy said misinterpreted what happened and was said by the UOC bishops to their Patriarch on December 20, 2008.  It was reported that at a UOC Synod session on December 20, Ukrainian bishops told Metropolitan Vladimir that they would support his candidacy during the vote at the Russian Church's Local Council.  This is not a formal synodal or collegiate document but "an informal request by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church bishops to His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir," Fr. Georgy said.

Metropolitan Vladimir "thanked bishops for their trust, but would not respond or formally comment on the request," the Metropolitan's press secretary said.

"The formal nomination of the candidate for Patriarch, including the nomination of His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir, should he agree to it, will take place at the Russian Orthodox Church's Archbishop Council on January 25-26, 2009, as provided by relevant regulations," Fr. Georgy said.


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