According to the information of “Ukrainian News”, 15 thousand people took part in the prayer. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kiev Patriarchate Filaret, and Head of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Metropolitan Makariy.
‘The participants of the prayer occupied the whole area and the roadway from Sofiyivska Street to Volodymyrskyi Passage, the traffic was blocked,’ reads the message.
Earlier, Petro Poroshenko urged Ukrainians to pray for the autocephaly of Ukrainian Orthodox Church on October 14
As we reported on April 17, Petro Poroshenko signed an appeal to Bartholomew, the Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch with a plea to provide Tomos towards the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and urges the Verkhovna Rada to support it.
On April 18, Poroshenko held the meeting with the primates of the Orthodox churches and accepted the appeal to Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch, on the provision of Tomos on the autocephaly for the Ukrainian church with the signs of all bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.
Since 90-s there are a few jurisdictions in Ukraine that call themselves Orthodox local and autocephaly Churches.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate and Metropolis of Bessarabia of the Romanian Orthodox Church have the canonical status. Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate is canonically not recognized.
Also, there is unrecognized Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.