U.S. urges Ukraine to create autocephaly, - Department of State

Source : 112 Ukraine

On the way to the creation of the United Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the U.S. authorities urge clerical hierarchy, and government officials to tolerance, restraint, and understanding
08:37, 20 October 2018



Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State called the Ukrainian authorities and believers to the creation of the autocephaly, reports the press office of the Department of State. 

‘The United States reiterates its strong support for religious freedom and the freedom of members of religious groups, including Ukraine’s Orthodox community, to govern their religion according to their beliefs, free of outside interference,’ reads the message. 

Related: Russian Orthodox Church Abroad breaks off relations with Constantinople Patriarchate

‘We support Ukrainians’ ability to worship as they choose and hope this will be respected by all. Tolerance, restraint, and understanding are key to ensuring that people with different religious affiliations can live and prosper together in peace. We urge Church and government officials to actively promote these values in connection with the move towards the establishment of an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church,’ the Department of State added. 

Reportedly, the Russian Orthodox Church decided to completely cease the Eucharistic relations with the Patriarchate of Constantinople.  

Related: Constantinople not to cease relationships with Russian Orthodox Church

On October 11, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate supported that the autocephaly provision for Ukraine is prolonged. Also, it has officially approved Constantinople as Ukraine’s mother-church. Besides, the Synod lifted the anathema from Filaret, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, and Makariy, the Primate of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Filaret stated that a 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.

Related: Parliament agrees to give St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv to Ecumenical Patriarchate

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