The Head of State appealed to the Ukrainians due to the decision of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and thanked everyone who fought for and supported the creation of the Autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
“I want to thank every participant of the Procession on July 28, and all Ukrainians who strive for the Autocephalous Church and pray for it,” Petro Poroshenko said.
The Head of State expressed gratitude to Patriarch Filaret and all the Hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate, Metropolitan Macariy and the Bishops of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. He congratulated both Primates on the fact that finally all the Moscow charges on them have been lifted and they have been recognized as the Canonical Bishops.
“I want to express my special gratitude to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which supported my appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch concerning the establishment of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church and the provision of Autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church with the abundance of votes,” the President noted.
“All together, we bow down to His All-Holiness Bartholomew for his care for Ukraine,” the President said and expressed hope for the prompt visit of the Ecumenical Patriarch to Ukraine. “Your All-Holiness, Ukraine is looking forward to your pastoral visit to the people, which was baptized during the time of the Great Prince Vladimir,” Petro Poroshenko noted.
“Today I can already say that the appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch with the request to provide Autocephaly was supported by a group of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. They endured pressure, blackmail, threats and intimidation, yet they appealed with their signatures to the Ecumenical Patriarch. And this is worth acknowledgment,” the President added.
“Today we received the Autocephaly, and after the Council, the Primate of the Ukrainian Local Orthodox Church will obtain Tomos. I sincerely congratulate you on this very grand historical event, and I am very grateful for the massive support of the idea that came about. This is a great victory of the God-loving Ukrainian people over the Moscow demons, the victory of Good over Evil, the victory of Light over Darkness,” the President said.
“I congratulate everyone on this great day, for which the Ukrainian people have been waiting for 332 long years,” he added.