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

He reminded that Ukrainians and Russians cannot follow one way
13:29, 20 September 2018

Presidential Administration press office

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko thinks that the provision of Tomos to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be an evidence of "the fall of Third Rome" he claimed this during his annual speech at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

"The meaning of Tomos goes far beyond Ukraine. What is this? It is the fall of "Third Rome" as the most ancient conceptual bid of Moscow for the world hegemony. Here, at our land, the future of the world Orthodoxy is decided. We understand it differently than Russians. It is one more reason why Ukrainians and Russians cannot follow one way," he said.

Related: Autocephaly for Ukraine about more than religion

On 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 tome towards the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and urges 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 the tome 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.

Since 90-s there are a few jurisdictions in Ukraine that call themselves Orthodox local and autocephaly Churches.

Related: Constantinople Church can provide autocephaly without consent of other 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.

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