The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church declared a break with the new head of the Cypriot Church
The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church announced its inability to eucharistically communicate with the new Archbishop of Cyprus, George, due to his recognition of “Ukrainian schismatics”. The Synod's decision was announced on the ROC website after a meeting of hierarchs.
The former head of the Cypriot Church, Chrysostom II, died in November 2022. His place was taken according to the decision of the hierarchs by Archbishop George. George continued to commemorate the leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) in prayers after his predecessor. In 2018, with the support of Constantinople Patriarch Varfolomey, UOC was established and recognized by hierarchs from Alexandria, Ella and Cyprus churches. The Russian Orthodox Church responded to UOC’s recognition by breaking off relations with all related churches that approved it.