Agreement between Ukraine and Ecumenical Patriarchate made public

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ecumenical Patriarchate acting through its representation will promote the constitution of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine
19:05, 12 March 2019

Orthodox Church of Ukraine

The text of the agreement on cooperation and interaction between Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate was published on the website of the President of Ukraine.

The agreement has the total of 6 articles. It provides for the agreement of both parties to work on the creation and constitution of the autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukraine on the grounds of Tomos on autocephaly; carrying out analytical and methodological work regarding relations between state bodies and Orthodox religious organizations, as well as promoting the implementation of social, cultural and educational projects.

"Ukraine will promote the acquisition of the buildings and premises, other objects of property by the Ecumenical Patriarchate (namely the Mission ”Stauropegion of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Ukraine”) in accordance with the legislation of Ukraine, necessary for the operation of the Mission,” the agreement reads.

The agreement also stipulates that the parties will hold regular consultations on harmonization of actions to improve the cooperation.

Related: Russian officers detain bishop of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church in occupied Crimea

As it was reported earlier, on October 11, 2018, 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.   

On November 7, 2018, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on transfer of St. Andrew’s Church to Ecumenical Patriarchate.

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