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Ecumenical Patriarchate starts procedures required to provide autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

22 April 2018 - 19:12

Ecumenical Patriarchate starts procedures required to provide autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate accepted for consideration the appeal of the President of Ukraine to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on granting the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada’s resolution on its support (the Appeal), as well as the corresponding appeals of the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches. Also, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided to initiate the procedures necessary for the provision of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. In particular, other local Orthodox churches will be informed accordingly.

Pursuant to the instruction of President Petro Poroshenko, on April 20, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Rostyslav Pavlenko visited Istanbul and handed over to His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew the Appeal of the President of Ukraine on granting the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

He also handed over the Verkhovna Rada’s resolution on the support for the President’s Appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew also received the appeals of the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches on granting the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.