Poroshenko did not attend the meeting with the bishops of the canonical UOC

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The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko did not attend the meeting with the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, although previously gathered, reported RIA Novosti on Tuesday the head of the Synodal information-educational Department of the UOC Archbishop Kliment (the last Supper).

Earlier in the Kyiv metropolis of the UOC RIA Novosti reported that on 13 November a meeting of Poroshenko with the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. As argued by the Ukrainian edition of «Vesti», on it the President was going to ensure that the largest possible number of bishops expressed its willingness to withdraw from the UOC.

«The President didn’t come,» said Clement. Other details he did not disclose.

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.

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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