Special prayers for Orthodox unity will make in all the churches of the UOC

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The Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church ordered to make daily in all temples and monasteries of the UOC for worship services, special prayer request to unity of the Orthodox world, said on Friday website of the Ukrainian Church.

«In all the churches and monasteries of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be strengthened prayers for the preservation of the unity of Holy Orthodoxy. With the blessing of his Beatitude Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine Onuphrius, a special prayer petitions will be recited at each divine Liturgy,» the statement reads.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and of establishing a local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine, though, and promised not to interfere in the Affairs of the Church. Earlier, the Patriarchate of Constantinople «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv.

In addition, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has stated that it intends to provide Ukraine Autocephalous. In the UOC called such actions by invading the canonical territory of other local churches and called on Patriarch Bartholomew to stop meddling and «exarchs» of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to leave Kiev.

The Russian Orthodox Church, in turn, went to the actual «break diplomatic relations» with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Synod of the Russian Church announced a cease commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew during the Patriarch’s divine services. In addition, a decision was made to exit from the structures, which is chaired by the representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church with Constantinople was in this crisis only once in all its more than thousand-year history.

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