Tomos to be provided to newly-elected Head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Source : 112 Ukraine

The new head to be elected at Unifying Council
12:11, 1 October 2018

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Tomos, or in other words the order of the Ecumenical Patriarch on the provision of the autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be received by a newly-elected head of the church. Patriarch Filaret claimed this as Channel 5 reported.

“The Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be elected at the Unifying Council which will consist of bishops of Kyiv Patriarchate – 41 bishops; 12 bishops of Autocephalous Church and 10 bishops of Moscow Patriarchate,” Filaret said.

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He added that it will take place as soon as Constantinople makes a decision on the provision of autocephaly to Ukraine.

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 tome 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 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.

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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.

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