Vatican to not assess autocephaly in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Communique of Apostolic Nunciature corrected the message of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry
17:00, 27 September 2018

The Communique of Apostolic Nunciature in Ukraine on September 26 on its official website published a message saying that the news spread by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry about Vatican’s support of the autocephaly, needs some correction, as Cerkvarium reports.

"The Apostolic Nunciature in Ukraine partly corrects the news by the government source about the meeting between Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, and Mr. Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The Nunciature reaffirms the position repeatedly expressed by the Holy See, for which the question of the creation of one Ukrainian Orthodox Local Church is an internal question of the Orthodox Church, in relation to which the Holy See has not given or intends to give any assessment," the Communique message said.

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

As it was reported earlier, on September 25, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in the frameworks of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly held a meeting with the Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See's Secretariat of State Archbishop Paul Gallagher.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry noted on its website that the Holy See respected the decision of Ukrainian people to create the Unified Local Church.

“The support of the Holy See and a clear position on Tomos is an important step for strengthening the inter-religious dialogue,” the message says.

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