Kiev said about the intention of the Ecumenical Patriarch to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church
During the meeting of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate was read the message of Patriarch Bartholomew. It said that the Church of Constantinople “took the initiative to restore the unity of the Orthodox believers of Ukraine with the ultimate aim to bestow the Ukrainian Church autocephaly”.
Prior to that, Mr. Poroshenko called to “pray and fight” for obtaining the Ukrainian Orthodox Church autocephaly. According to the President of Ukraine, autocephaly is one of the foundations of national security of Ukraine.
In April, he sent an appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with a request to grant autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.