Patriarch Bartholomew delivered a message to Poroshenko

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The delegation of the Patriarchate of Constantinople gave the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko message of Patriarch Bartholomew, the press service of the President of Ukraine on results of his meeting with the delegation that arrived in Kyiv for the celebration 1030-anniversary of the Baptism of Rus.

It is noted that Etmanski Bishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada, Metropolitan Hilarion read out a message from Patriarch Bartholomew. Bishop Hilarion noted the importance of the baptism of St. Vladimir from the mother Church of Constantinople in the metropolis of Chersonesos and of the baptism of Rus.

«Recognizing the high responsibility of the mother see of the Church of Constantinople, which never ceased, and did not humble themselves before the illegal and non-canonical situations which shook the natural functioning of the Orthodox Church, and in these challenging times she took the initiative to restore the unity of the Orthodox believers of Ukraine, with the ultimate goal to give the Ukrainian Church autocephaly», — quotes the press service of the text messages.