The government of Ukraine approved the transfer of the Constantinople St. Andrew’s Church

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The government of Ukraine adopted a resolution on the transfer of St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev in the use of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, said Wednesday Vice Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko.

«Yes, the Cabinet adopted a relevant decision», — said Rozenko UNIAN, answering a question about the decision to transfer St. Andrew’s Church.

Earlier, after the decision of Constantinople to start granting of the Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on the transfer of St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev, the permanent use of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev — the Orthodox Church in honour of St. Andrew, built in the Baroque style by the architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754, on St. Andrew’s hill. It is located on the right Bank of the Dnieper, above the historical part of Ukrainian capital — Hem. Until 2015 St. Andrew’s Church was subordinate to the non-canonical Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC). Then the lease ended and the building started to reconstruct. Now the Church finds in the state.

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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