Poroshenko called the Unifying Council of Ukrainian churches

Poroshenko called the Unifying Council of Ukrainian churches

Unification Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches scheduled for 15 December of the current year, said President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.


“The unification Council, which is to proclaim the establishment of the Autocephalous local Orthodox Church in Ukraine, approve its Charter and elect a Chairperson, will be held on December 15, 2018 (the Kiev Cathedral. — RNS) Sophia, which for centuries was the center of Ukrainian religious life”, — said in Twitter the Ukrainian President.

According to Poroshenko, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has signed invitation letters to the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) of the Kyiv Patriarchate and the hierarchs of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate.

The newsmedia reported that Constantinople will not give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church

The Ukrainian President added that “the Moscow Patriarchate will not dictate the terms” Ukraine and to determine what is canonical and what is not. According to Poroshenko, the believers have to choose for themselves what Church they will attend. He also said that Kyiv will not allow the Kremlin to “inflame sectarian conflict.”

11 Oct Petro Poroshenko announced the acceptance by the Patriarchate of Constantinople of the positive decision on the issue of granting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church autocephaly. Subsequently the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church announced the termination of joint service with Constantinople and participation in the structures under his presidency.