“This should be a Ukrainian Church controlled by the state-aggressor and which do not describe the glories of the occupiers, which does not refuse to bury our heroes.”
President Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine is now “very close” to receiving the Tomos on the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church, reports Rus.Media.
About this Poroshenko said during the opening of feldsher-midwife station with service housing in the Kiev region.
“The third thing I want is a single local Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” he said.
According to the head of state, Ukraine does not need four different Orthodox churches, that people are not faced with a choice: canonical Church.
“This should be a Ukrainian Church controlled by the state-aggressor and which do not describe the glories of the occupiers, which does not refuse to bury our heroes,” – said Poroshenko.
The President thanked the Church leaders and MPs who supported his appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch on the granting of the Tomos on the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.
“We need to pray for peace and to pray and fight that the Lord finally sent us a unified Church after more than 300 years of its absence in Ukraine, because it is said in Scripture that each territory, each nation has the right to his Church. Ukrainians for centuries wanted to get her back. I want to emphasize that we are now very close to realizing this dream,” said he.
April 22, the Holy and sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate accepted the appeal of the President of Ukraine to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the granting of the Tomos of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, resolution of the Verkhovna Rada in support of this appeal and the corresponding appeal of the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches. April 24, Poroshenko said that in the case of Bartholomew the Tomos of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the head of such a Church will be elected in Ukraine.
On may 8 former presidents of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko signed a joint statement in which has supported the initiative of Poroshenko on the issue of the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.