In Kiev began the meeting of the Holy Synod of the UOC

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotoreceptori of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry. Archival photoIn Kiev began the meeting of the Holy Synod of the UOC© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

Session of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church began on the territory of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, reported Tuesday on the website of the UOC.

The meeting is headed by the Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry.

«During the regular session of the Holy Synod of the UOC will be discussed current issues of Church life», — stated in the message.

Later in the day scheduled for the meeting of bishops of the UOC with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on the agenda are not reported.

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 only 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. Earlier, the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andrei Parubiy said that in late November, could take place «unification Council» of the Orthodox churches.

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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