President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with an appeal about the publication of Tomos of autocephaly Orthodox Church About it reports “Ukrainian truth”.
“I, as President, have decided to appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch, to his vsesvjatsky to grant Thomas the Ukrainian independent, more precisely, the local Autocephalous Church,” — said the Ukrainian leader.
Poroshenko said that his Holiness Bartholomew, you must appeal and the head of state and Church hierarchies. The President of Ukraine noted that the appeal was signed by all the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (outside of the canonical Orthodox jurisdictions), and also indicated that the “doors are open” for the bishops of other churches.
the Ukrainian leader urged Verkhovna Rada as quickly as possible to maintain the reference to Bartholomew. “Today Ukraine is closer than ever to having its own Autocephalous national Church. I really hope that this decision can be made to 1030 anniversary of the baptism of Ukraine-Rus'”, he said. 1030-anniversary of the baptism of Rus will be celebrated July 28, 2018.
“This event of Ukraine’s independence, which occurs in very challenging times so that we had its the only Autocephalous Church, prayer combined with other local churches, but administratively not dependent neither from Moscow nor from anyone else,” added the President.
a single local Orthodox Church not become a state, Poroshenko promised. “All believers have and will have the freedom to choose both the temple and the Church’s jurisdiction. And I also want to emphasize that anyone who wants to stay in that Church, which will remain United with the Russian Orthodox Church, they also retain the guaranteed right of private choice,” he said.