Poroshenko told the date of «unification» of the Church.

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy in Photobacterium of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Archival photoPoroshenko told the date of «unification» of the Church.© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy the image Bank

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that «unifying» the Church Council will be held on December 15 in Kyiv.

«The unification Council, which is to proclaim the establishment of Autocephalous national Orthodox Church in Ukraine, approve its Charter and elect a Primate, will be held on December 15, 2018 in the Hagia Sophia, which for centuries was the center of Ukrainian religious life», — wrote Poroshenko on Twitter.

In this case the Greek Church news Agency Romfea.gr has released the first page of the «new Ukrainian Church.» According to the publication, «a unified Church» of Ukraine, probably, will be created on the model of the Cretan head is Metropolitan and not a Patriarch, as now Filaret Denisenko. The Church of Crete is semi-Autonomous, it is subject to the Patriarch of Constantinople.

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. 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 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.

Poroshenko told the date of «unification» of the Church.© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous

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