He used all his strength, all his wisdom in order to convince the Ecumenical Patriarch, Filaret said.
Kyiv Patriarch Filaret (Denysenko) said that President Petro Poroshenko played an important role in the Ukrainian Church received autocephaly.
He said this in the Forum of public organizations of Lviv region “Return to the faith of the fathers”, the press service of the Lviv regional state administration.
“Our enemy knows that if there is no strong spiritual Foundation, if we build a state on the sand, this house won’t last long. And we need to build on a solid Foundation. So at the beginning of Moscow, when they could not break me, split the Ukrainian Church which was then unified, in three parts. And we knew that until we unite, the struggle will go, and therefore has repeatedly appealed to the Ecumenical Patriarch with a request to grant the Charter of the Ukrainian Church Autocephalous, but despite the fact that all the presidents supported it, there was nothing I could do,” – said Filaret.
“As the conditions changed and became President Poroshenko, he used all his strength, all his wisdom in order to convince the Ecumenical Patriarch to grant the Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church. Met many times, convinced and in the end the Ecumenical Patriarch agreed,” he added.
Filaret said that the unification of Ukrainian churches in one national Church was an event of epochal significance.
“Without a single Orthodox Church, recognized by the entire Orthodox world, the Ukrainian state to survive for long I would, because each state must have a strong spiritual basis. And that Foundation is the Orthodox Church as the largest in Ukraine, the Greek Catholic Church and other Christian churches,” – said Filaret.
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