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Fight for Tomos is issue of national security, - Poroshenko's administration

In such situation it is not a right but a duty of the president to act
13:51, 2 October 2018

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The fight for Tomos of autocephaly is the issue of the national security and it is in the interest of Ukraine. Sviatoslav Tsegolko, the spokesperson of Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko commented the lawsuit against the president due to the appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

"In that regard, we would like in particular to claim: the fight for Tomos of autocephaly is in 's interest and issues of the national security of Ukraine. In such a situation, the president should act, and this is not his right but his duty. The inaction would be a real crime that should be judged," Tsegolko said.

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

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 of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and urged the Verkhovna Rada to support it.

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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 of 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.

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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.

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