Schismatics in Ukraine want to hold a «unity Council» in Kiev

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Press Secretary of the Ukrainian non-canonical Church structures Eustratius Zorya believes that the unification Council of the Orthodox churches in Ukraine should take place in the Hagia Sophia (St. Sophia Cathedral) in Kiev.

Saint Sophia Cathedral is located in the center of Kiev, it is part of the national reserve «Sophia of Kyiv» and listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The Cathedral does not belong to any denomination, is the state, it is forbidden to pass any religious organization to perform the divine service. In this Cathedral only conducting a prayer, which gathers representatives of different faiths on the Day of independence of Ukraine on August 24.

«It seems to us logical and only place… the Cathedral of St. Sophia in Kiev. It is a historical temple, Department of the Kyiv bishops with a millennial history. It seems the only logical and proper for such an event place. Moreover, the Hagia Sophia Museum is the national Museum-reserve, which does not belong to any of the Orthodox jurisdictions. From this point of view, it is also a neutral place to hold this event,» said dawn in an interview with the Ukrainian Internet edition «Commander».

Also dawn said that this Cathedral will be able to participate only those who turned to the Patriarchate of Constantinople, i.e. of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) will not be able to participate.

«Participation in the meeting will be taken by those who appealed to the Ecumenical Patriarch, as well as representatives from Ecumenical Patriarch», — he said.

The authorities in Kiev and non-canonical Church structure in Ukraine hope till the end of the year to receive the Tomos of autocephaly from Constantinople, but Tomos can get the Primate of the «United» Church, it needs to select on the «unification Council» of the Orthodox churches in Ukraine, which date is not appointed yet. This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in this event.

Because of the decision of Constantinople to begin providing non-canonical autocephaly churches in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church is called the schism, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 15 October announced the severance of communication with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the ROC, including Ukraine and Belarus.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called canonically void, and saw politics in the abolition of Constantinople by the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Metropolitan Hilarion said that Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy. In the Russian Orthodox Church hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in schism.

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