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Poroshenko: Tomos on autocephaly will complete assertion of Ukraine's independence

Poroshenko: Tomos on autocephaly will complete assertion of Ukraine's independence

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko asserts that the receipt of Tomos on autocephaly by Ukraine will complete the assertion of its independence. Such a statement the head of the Ukrainian state made during events on the celebration of the 1030th anniversary of the baptism of Kievan Rus - Ukraine.

"Tomos on autocephaly will complete the assertion of independence of our state, strengthen religious freedom, interfaith peace, and the rights and freedoms of citizens, especially those who are now out of communion with the universal Orthodoxy," Poroshenko said.

The President stressed that autocephaly is a matter of Ukrainian independence, the issue of Ukrainian national security and the issue of the whole world geopolitics.

Let us note that yesterday the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew confirmed the intention to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

On April 19 Verkhovna Rada with 268 votes of people's deputies supported the appeal of the President of Ukraine to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to provide a tomos about the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Later it became known that the Ecumenical Patriarchate was beginning consultations with sister churches on the issue of granting autocephaly to the UOC.

Note that since the early 90's in Ukraine there are several jurisdictions that call themselves Orthodox local and autocephalous churches.

The canonical status is held by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Bessarabian Metropolitanate of the Romanian Orthodox Church. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate is canonically unrecognized.

In addition, Ukraine also has an unrecognized Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC).
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