The speaker wants to convey of the UOC Cathedral of St. Sophia in Kiev

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Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy paruby proposes to transfer Autocephalous Church in the case of a Cathedral of St. Sophia in Kiev, which is not allowed to transfer to religious organizations.

Hagia Sophia was built in the first half of the XI century in the centre of Kiev. It is one of the largest Museum centers of Ukraine. In 1990 St. Sophia Cathedral was inscribed on the world heritage list of UNESCO. It is forbidden to pass any religious organization.

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— Andrew Paruby (@AndriyParubiy) 3 Dec 2018


«In the context of granting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Tomos of autocephaly by the Ecumenical Patriarch, I am convinced that we should begin discussion and work on the transfer of worship in the local Church of Hagia Sophia in Kiev. It will be an act of restoration of historical justice», — wrote Parubiy on Twitter.

Earlier, the Ukrainian authorities, including President Petro Poroshenko, has 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. 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 security service of Ukraine November 30 held at the place of residence of the Abbot of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Paul searches. The Metropolitan said that the authorities are trying to put him under political pressure.

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 ROC I 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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