Thus, on December 8, dozens of citizens came to St. Sophia's Cathedral to express their outrage by the fact that Bartholomew recognizes only the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) as the only canonical church of Ukraine. Meanwhile, he does not take into account the fact that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate was established a long time ago and exists and it has many parishioners.
People who stay at Sophia's Square would like not only the religious establishment but the leadership of the country to hear their requests.
Many people stay with posters with signs: ‘Bartholomew sold Hagia Sophia’, ‘Suitcase, railway station, Fener’ and ‘Bartholomew is Judas’.
For the first time, people came to Sophia's Square on November 26, when the information about Bartholomew’s letter was revealed and he called primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Onufriy just a common citizen of Kyiv, not the leader of the church.
As we reported, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I announced that he would visit Ukraine on August 24, 2021, on the 30th anniversary of the independence.