17:49 27.07.2018

I hope process on granting Tomos about autocephaly to Ukraine will continue

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I hope process on granting Tomos about autocephaly to Ukraine will continue

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he hopes that the process on granting a Tomos about autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine will continue.

"I hope that the process will soon continue, and this is confirmed by your visit today," Poroshenko said at a meeting with a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Kyiv on Friday.

The head of state expressed hope that on Saturday, July 28, during the events dedicated to the 1030th anniversary of the Christianization of the Kyivan Rus-Ukraine, all the churches will show their unity.

"I believe that the unity of all churches will be demonstrated during events tomorrow," he said.

As reported, on April 17, Poroshenko talked about his intention to appeal to Archbishop of Constantinople, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, asking him to issue a Tomos (an official church document) granting autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, and called on the Verkhovna Rada to support it.

On April 19, 268 MPs supported the appeal of the president of Ukraine to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to grant a Tomos about the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople accepted the president's appeal for granting a Tomos about the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine and decided to begin the procedure needed to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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