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After receiving the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PCU) of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian authorities have received many letters from international partners of this country and of the curses of her enemies. With this announcement Thursday, January 10, by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, reports “Gordon”.
According to him, Ukraine is the correct way. “The Scripture says that you can’t please everyone. If everyone likes you, something is wrong… Therefore, it poses the Kremlin from our autocephaly. And this is an additional argument that we are moving in the right direction. But all that the Kremlin could oppose our victory, this is just a dirty fake, it’s an attempt to inflame the confrontation on religious grounds”, — said the Ukrainian leader.
Poroshenko expressed the opinion that the Russian authorities intend to foment in Ukraine, religious hatred, but these hopes are doomed. “Ukrainians have enough wisdom not to allow provocations. Because the only thing they want in the Kremlin, is blood. And we go with prayer and love. This differs from our Church,” he added.
Tomos (decree) of the autocephaly of the formed 15 Dec DNC in early January, was signed by the Ecumenical (Constantinople) Patriarch Bartholomew. 9 Jan their signatures to the Tomos put all the members of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
To the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, Constantinople had begun in 2018. In October, the Ecumenical Patriarchate abolished his own decree dated 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the management of the Moscow Patriarch. In addition, there was anathema to the heads of the unrecognized Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate (UOC KP) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC).
In the same month, the Russian Orthodox Church severed Eucharistic communion with Constantinople, Bartholomew declared schismatic.
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