Metropolitan Onufry met with Poroshenko on the initiative of the President of Ukraine

© Photo : courtesy of the press service of the President of Ukrainistic of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with the Primate of the UOC-MP, Metropolitan Onufry. Archive photoMetropolitan Onufry met with Poroshenko on the initiative of the President of Ukraine© Photo : courtesy of the press service of the President of Ukraine

Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry met with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, the initiator of the meeting was the head of state reported on Thursday, RIA Novosti Deputy head of the Department for external Church relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Archpriest Mykolai Danylevych.

«This meeting was held on Tuesday evening. Its initiator was the head of state», — said the Belarusian. Details of the meeting, he said.

The President of Ukraine 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.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad, the Holy Synod of the UOC has suspended the service with the bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. In the Russian Orthodox Church noted that none of the local churches does not support the project of Ukrainian autocephaly.

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