Poroshenko told, when it can take place «unification Council»

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the «unification Council» of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine may be held in mid-December or even earlier.

«I can say that it will be in mid-December, and maybe in the first half of December,» are available on the website of the President of Ukraine Poroshenko’s words, promised not to interfere in the Affairs of the Church. He added that the date of this Council will declare the Patriarch of Constantinople.

The news about the «unification Council» is published only in Ukrainian and English versions of the presidential website, the Russian version of this news is available only with the corresponding video speech Poroshenko.

Earlier, the Ukrainian authorities, including the President, have declared that do not intend to interfere in the Affairs of the Church, but do it all the time. So, despite promises, Poroshenko made from Constantinople the recognition of non-canonical Church in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church called schismatic. Rada of Ukraine adopted the law on the transfer of St. Andrew’s Church the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Later, the Ministry of justice of Ukraine was deprived of the canonical UOC right of use of buildings of Pochayiv Lavra in Kiev. Action against the Pochaiv monastery testify to the intimidation of believers by the authorities of Ukraine, stated in the ROC. Advisor Poroshenko Rostyslav Pavlenko went to Istanbul to observe the Synod and meet with the Patriarch of Constantinople on the question of autocephaly.

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 can only give the Primate 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 ROC I hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in the division.Poroshenko told, when it can take place «unification Council»© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka in the Orthodox world: to be or not to be