Metropolitan Zaporozhye criticized the attitude Poroshenko to UPC

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The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has arrived in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra to meet with the bishops because of the fact that you didn’t see in it any sense, and thus showed their attitude to the Church problem, said the Metropolitan of Zaporizhia and Melitopol Luka, a comment which was published on the website of the diocese of Zaporizhzhya.

On Tuesday in Kiev-Pechersk Lavra held a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. It was assumed that in a large meeting with bishops, will attend Poroshenko, but he never came.

Later, the press Secretary of the President Svyatoslav Tsigalko reported that the Ukrainian leader after the collapse of the meeting with the bishops met with representatives of the canonical UOC, without specifying their number. According to sources, the Ukrainian Internet publication «Religious truth», Poroshenko was attended only by three representatives. UOC after allegations that Poroshenko did not come to any meetings with the President were not informed.

«Not being on a meeting appointed by him, the guarantor of the Constitution testifies to his attitude to the problem. This meeting did not need him, except to raise the rating or insults the audience, but not for solving specific issues, that is in it, he didn’t see the point,» said Metropolitan Onions.

According to the head of the Zaporozhye diocese, the Cathedral of the bishops present at the meeting, 82 Bishop expressed the hope that the meeting with Poroshenko took place, while no one is compelled to accept any decisions and «no more kept in the Cathedral.»

«We could safely leave the room where there was a Cathedral. So anyone could leave and go where his heart desires. No pressure on anyone was not the life of the Church is not the life of the market, everything happens in it according to the canons and the Charter», — said the Metropolitan.

Earlier Wednesday, the online edition of «Country», citing a source in the UOC said that before the meeting of the Holy Synod, the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Onuphrius received a letter from the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, which contained a Directive to the bishops of the Church in full force to attend the meeting with the President. According to the newspaper, the father ignored the letter. Later, according to the publication, Onufry and Poroshenko had a «very emotional» phone conversation about the meeting place. In particular, according to the «Country», Poroshenko demanded from the Bishop Onuphrius «to back out» on the issue of autocephaly.

The Council of bishops of the UOC on Tuesday said that the interference of Constantinople in the internal Affairs of another local Church and attempts to resolve the Ukrainian Church question with the participation of public authorities and dissenters are illegal and therefore inadmissible. The Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church said about Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople due to its actions in Ukraine.

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. 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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