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Decision on Tomos to be made next week, - head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The Council is to be summoned right after the Tomos is adopted
11:00, 2 October 2018

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The decision to provide Ukraine with Tomos, or in other words the order of the Ecumenical Patriarch on the provision of the autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, might be made next week, as Patriarch Filaret claimed, Channel 5 reported.

“I think that we will not delay in dealing with the summoning of the Council. If Tomos is adopted on 9-11 October this year, we will summon the Council in October,” Filaret said.

On July 28, the Ecumenical Patriarchate confirmed the intention to provide the autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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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.

Related: Provision of Tomos to Ukraine is fall of Third Rome, - Poroshenko

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.

Related: Waiting for Tomos: Short glossary of church terms

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