Kiev said that the U.S. supports Ukraine’s aspiration for autocephaly

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The U.S. representative on the freedom of religion Sam Brownback said that the United States supports Ukraine’s intention to obtain autocephaly, reported the press service of the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The Autocephalous status of the Church, giving it independence from other local churches. Headed by a Patriarch, Archbishop or Metropolitan.

As reported by the press service Poroshenko, on Tuesday, the President took Brownback, who is in Ukraine on a working visit. «Brownback assured that the United States will continue to support Ukraine in the struggle for the restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity, the right to have a United Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church», — the press service of the President of Ukraine on its website.

Poroshenko briefed the Ambassador on the steps that are performed to obtain autocephaly.

Poroshenko is trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and creation on their basis one local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine, outside the framework of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Last Friday, the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced that «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv.

This decision strongly condemned the Moscow Patriarchate, calling it an intrusion on the canonical territory of other local churches. The Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion said that the Moscow Patriarchate will break Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the event of the giving them the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church.