The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will propose to the Verkhovna Rada to give the St. Andrew's Church in Kyiv for the permanent use to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. This was reported by the representative of the president in parliament and people's deputy from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc Iryna Lutsenko during the conciliatory board of the Verkhovna Rada on October 16, on air of the official TV channel Rada.
"The president supports the aspiration to receive Tomos as soon as possible, and as the sign of solidarity with this process he makes a symbolic gesture. The bill, by which President Poroshenko proposes to transfer the St. Andrew's Church to the permanent use of the Ecumenical Patriarchate as a reminder that St. Andrew once baptized Ukraine, will be a symbolic gesture of unity with the Mother-Church," Iryna Lutsenko said.
According to her, Poroshenko calls on parliamentary factions to support this bill.
As it was reported earlier, the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided to grant the autocephaly for Ukraine's Orthodox Church. The respective document appeared on the official website of the Patriarchate. This outraged the Russian Orthodox Church, which already promised 'a tough and decisive response.'
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate struggled for the autocephaly since the country gained independence in 1991. For his firm stance in this regard, Patriarch Filaret, the current leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate was stripped of his orders in 1992, as the Russian Orthodox Church imposed the anathema on him. Most recently, the Ecumenical Patriarchate lifted it from him. This decision, and the subsequent decision to grant Ukraine Tomos outraged the Russian Orthodox Church, which already promised 'a tough and decisive response.'
The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople can provide the Tomos on autocephaly to Ukrainian Orthodox Church at Synod that will take place in the second half of November 2018.