The Unification Council is now over, but let’s have a look at what happened.
From our correspondent in Kyiv, we learned that the opening of the council had been delayed, because of major problems. President Poroshenko had promised Patriarch Bartholomew that 10 to 15 bishops of the canonical Ukrainian Church would participate. However, only two came: Metropolitan Simeon and Metropolitan Vicar Alexander.
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) took 10 to 12 bishops of the Canonical Church to Kyiv and forced them to sign letters, in which they would give their votes to Metropolitan Simeon. The latter brought these letters to the council, but that did not please the representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, who demanded that the bishops of the Canonical Church come in person.
For this reason, the council was delayed by three hours.
During the proceedings, President Poroshenko pressured the bishops to vote for Bishop Simeon, which had been requested by the Phanar. But the “Kyiv Patriarchate” wanted their own candidate, loyal Filaret. Another cause of delay.
Illustration: Kyiv Saint Sophia Cathedral, where the “Unification Council” was held.
The picture below (source: Strana) was taken during the council. At the center of the table is Bishop Emmanuel of France, with President Poroshenko at his side.