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 "We're in the home stretch," - Ukraine's president on granting autonomy to Ukrainian Orthodox Church

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is confident that the decision to grant Ukraine a Tomos on the creation of a local Ukrainian Orthodox Church has entered the home stretch.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform, he said Tuesday while meeting with the Ukrainian community in New York, USA.

"I have never specified the date of obtaining a tomos, and I will never do. I said that we, the Ukrainians, should pray and fight so that the Lord will send it to us. I strongly believe that we are already in the home stretch," Poroshenko said.

He said that the long-suffering path the Ukrainians had travelled "is precisely the evidence that our victory is close and we will liberate the Ukrainian soil."

Poroshenko said that the church should be independent of the authorities in every state. "I fully agree with this, especially when this state is foreign. It is our task to protect Ukraine from a foreign church, because we are the largest Orthodox country in Europe," he said.

According to him, there can be "only one church in Ukraine - the Ukrainian one."

The president noted that Ukrainians were waiting for this decision "not for four years, not for a century, but for three hundred years."

Hierarchs on Sept. 2 held meetings (Synaxis) of the Hierarchy of the Ecumenical Throne Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) to confirm that the Church of Constantinople is authorized, without the consent of other churches, to grant autonomy, or autocephaly, to a church that has requested it. This paves the way for autocephality of Ukraine's church. Further measures, such as the adoption of documents at the Synod, are expected to be taken in October.

On April 17, 2018, President Poroshenko said Ukraine was closer than ever before to creating an autocephalous united local church.

Pursuant to the instruction of 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.

The Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople has already begun the procedure needed to grant autocephaly to the new Ukrainian church. The meeting of the Synod, which will address this issue, is scheduled for October.

Recently, as part of preparations for the provision of autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Ecumenical Patriarchate appointed Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon from the United States and Bishop Ilarion of Edmonton from Canada as its exarchs in Kyiv.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3088085