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Ukrainian Autocephalous Church to offer St. Anrdrew’s cathedral to Constantinople

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko proposed such initiative earlier
15:50, 17 October 2018

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The Metropolite of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) Makariy has agreed to transfer St. Anrdrew’s Church in Kyiv to Constantinople is case UAOC is accepted in the local Orthodox Church. The Metropolite said it to ZIK TV channel.

“I have been addressed concerning this issue and I agree to offer the St. Anrdrew’s Church. I said that if enters the local Orthodox Church, than we agree, because I have to be consistent. When and I meet the needs, I offer the cathedral and we take this risk,” he said.

As it was reported earlier, Ukraine’s President 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.

Related: What does Russian Orthodox Church's severing ties with Constantinople mean

 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.'  

Related: Ukraine-Russian Orthodox church conflict reaches Germany

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