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Granting autocephaly to Orthodox Church of Ukraine 'historical', - Pompeo

'The United States reiterates its unwavering support for a sovereign, independent Ukraine', Department of the State says in its statement
08:05, 11 January 2019

Reuters

Granting the autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine became a historic achievement. This is the key message in the statement by Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of the State. The text may be found on the Department of the State's website.

'The January 6th announcement of autocephaly for an independent Orthodox Church of Ukraine marks a historic achievement as Ukraine seeks to chart its own future. On this momentous occasion, the United States reiterates its unwavering support for a sovereign, independent Ukraine. The United States maintains its strong support for religious freedom, including the freedom for members of religious groups to govern their religion according to their beliefs, without external interference. We welcome remarks by Metropolitan Epiphaniy that the Orthodox Church of Ukraine is open to all Orthodox believers and encourage government and Church officials to promote tolerance and respect for the freedom of members of all religious affiliations to worship as they choose', says the message.

Earlier, the members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed the Tomos on providing autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Prior to that, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew passed the Tomos of autocephaly and bishops’ crosier to the head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy. The event happened during the festive service at St. George's Cathedral in Istanbul.

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