For the first time in Ukraine there was a Church consecrated by the Ecumenical throne.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the presence of only two hierarchs of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate at the unity Cathedral in Kiev is proof of pressure from Russia.
According to the President, beginning the Unification of the Cathedral was delayed more than three hours.
“We had at least 5 cases when negotiating the preparations for the Cathedral came to a standstill, and the output with my participation,” he said.
“Over the last week, consultations were in progress very hard, but each time was found in a completely democratic manner, when the parties made concessions to each other, and in the end it happened,” said the President .
According to him, the Ukrainian Church had agreed among themselves in conditions when they are 27 years old not sit at one table and had no communication.
“They agreed on the Charter, the procedure for the election of the Primate, agreed on all the details, and they fully comply with the canons,” – said Poroshenko.
“We underestimated its impact (the Russian Orthodox Church – Ed.) for the subsidiary in Ukraine. Here our state is wrongly accused of putting pressure on a priest, but from more than a dozen hierarchs of the UOC-MP, who signed the appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch or firmly promised to come to the Cathedral, Saint Sophia came only two. It is the result of pressure, but not our state,” – said the President.
According to the head of the state, on the night of Sunday, December 16, a few hours after the completion of the Unification of the Cathedral of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in a special communiqué recognized the new Church.
Poroshenko noted that the Patriarch Varfolomey also confirmed that January 6, 2019 will be awarded the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine, his Beatitude Epiphany the Tomos of autocephaly.
“For the first time in Ukraine there is a Church consecrated by the Ecumenical throne,” – said the head of state.
Also at the press conference, Poroshenko said that he will demand from the Verkhovna Rada to vote for the presidential bill No. 9037 on amendments to the Constitution regarding European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Ukraine in the second reading in February 2019.
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