Italian journalist Daniela Sala, of the bi-monthly Roman Catholic magazine Il Regno, interviewed Father Jivko Panev on November 15. The interview is available online under the title “Ucraina – Ortodossia: la guerra dei patriarchi”. Please find here its English translation: interview Father Panev and Il Regno (pdf format). A translation in Dutch is also available!
This timely study of autocephaly by Father Jivko Panev serves to remind us of days in which ‘autocephaly’ (the right of a group of dioceses to choose their senior hierarch without reference to external authority) was a much more widespread phenomenon than it is today. Within the Roman Empire, until the fourth century, each local province – and there were many of them – was an autocephalous metropolitanate. By the