President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed an agreement on cooperation between Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey.
‘The agreement we signed today completes this process (creation of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church), creates all condition, in order the process of granting, or rather preparing for the Cathedral, the process of providing Tomos, was carried out in absolutely strict accordance with the canons of the Orthodox Church,’ Poroshenko claimed.
Poroshenko added that the November 3 becomes a historic day.
‘I am sure that the decision of the Autocephalous Church will lead to the unity and the union of all Orthodox in Ukraine,’ Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew claimed after signing the agreement.
On October 11, 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 the united Jubilee Bishops' Council would take place soon to seal the creation of a unified Ukrainian local church.
In addition, the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized the annexation of Kyiv metropole by Russia’s Orthodox Church in 1686.