President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko invited the Patriarch of Jerusalem to come to Ukraine to pray for peace together. This is reported by the press service of the President.
The Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III initiated a telephone conversation with President Petro Poroshenko. He assured that he would pray for peace in Ukraine, prosperity of the country, and also for the unification of the Ukrainian Orthodox believers.
In turn, Poroshenko invited Theophilos III to Ukraine. He invited the Patriarch of Jerusalem for a pastoral visit to Ukraine to pray together for peace in Ukraine and Europe, as well as for the establishment of the dialogue with the local church of Ukraine.
Earlier we reported that Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) Filaret is outraged that the Autocephalous Church is called the new church. He wants the Orthodox Church of Ukraine to be called as it is - Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Filaret said that on the closed meeting of clerics, the report of which the Alliance of Orthodox Journalists has.
Filaret also gained support from other members of the meeting like Dmytro Stepovyk, the leading member of the Institute of Art Studies, Folklore and Ethnology of Maxim Rylsky National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Professor of Art History of the Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy. Both of them plead all the people attending the meeting not use the term “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” in the press. The people’s reaction was loud applause.