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Moscow, 19 APR – AIF-Moscow.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called the basis of Moscow “the rash decision of ancient princes,” and stated that the establishment of an independent Orthodox Church, “to restore historical justice”. It is reported by RIA Novosti.
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Earlier this week, politician said about the intention to apply to the Patriarchate of Constantinople with a request to allow Kiev to create one local Autocephalous Church. He reported that the Synod can make a decision until July 28, and asked the Parliament to support his appeal.
The Parliament complied with the request of the President. Voted 268 deputies with the required minimum of 226 votes. Now Poroshenko is going to pass the appeal to the Patriarch of Constantinople.
“This long-awaited Noam (permission — ed.) will not only be a triumph of Orthodoxy, but also an act of restoration of historical justice, deep. It is from Tsargrad (Constantinople — ed.) was shed for our blessed land the light of the Christian faith. Then we shared it with the Zalesye, where the ancient Kievan princes very ill-founded Moscow”, — quotes Agency the statement of Poroshenko in the Verkhovna Rada.
The Moscow Patriarchate has in the past expressed the hope that the Ecumenical Patriarchate will not change position on the support of the canonical Church in Ukraine.
In the country now apply the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC-MP), which is a self-governing Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and unrecognized by the world Orthodox Church structures — the “Kiev Patriarchate” (UOC-KP) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC). Earlier the UOC-MP has repeatedly reported on the harassment of priests and the seizure of the temples.
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