Poroshenko thanked Bartholomew for your support in the question of autocephaly

CC BY-SA 4.0 / administration of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the universal Patriarch Bartholomew. Archival photoPoroshenko thanked Bartholomew for your support in the question of autocephalyCC BY-SA 4.0 / administration of the President of Ukraine /

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko thanked Patriarch Bartholomew for supporting Ukraine in the issue of granting autocephaly to the Orthodox Church.

Sunday Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said that soon will grant autocephaly to Ukraine, which had received Autocephalous Church of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and he was not afraid of threats.

«Thanks to his Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the firm and consistent position on the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Very important for us the support of Constantinople, the mother Church. Together with tens of millions of Orthodox Ukrainians pray for the decision on the granting of autocephaly, do and will do everything in my power», — Poroshenko wrote on micro-blogging network Twitter.

In Ukraine today there are canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), which is a self-governing Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and unrecognized by the world Orthodox Church structures — «Kyivan Patriarchate» and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. UOC has repeatedly reported on cases of harassment of priests and seizures of Orthodox churches.

Poroshenko, despite promises of non-interference by the state in Church Affairs, 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. The Patriarchate of Constantinople had previously reported that «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv, they were Pamphylian Archbishop Daniel and Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton Canada. This decision strongly condemned the Orthodox Church, calling it an intrusion on the canonical territory of other local churches.Poroshenko thanked Bartholomew for your support in the question of autocephaly© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous

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