The president asked the Ukrainians whether the significance of the provision of the Tomos, which grants autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, is equal to the proclamation of the independence of Ukraine in 1991.
“Tomos 2019 equals the proclamation of the independence in 1991. Do you agree?” the picture at the post of the president says. Two answers are provided for answering this question. The users of Facebook are supposed to put number 1 in the comments if they agree and number 2 if they do not.
On October 11, the Synodus lifted the anathema from Filaret, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyivan Patriarchate, and Makariy, Primate of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Filaret stated that the united Jubilee Bishops' Council would take place soon to create a unified Ukrainian local church.
In addition, the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized Russia’s Orthodox Church annexation of Kyiv metropole in 1686.
As we reported earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed an agreement on cooperation between Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey.