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Bartholomew I, the Orthodox Patriarch to recognize the Ukrainian national Church

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, recognizes the on Saturday, founded the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The honorary head of world Orthodoxy, has announced in a in the night to Sunday on the Facebook statement published that he was going to Christmas the newly-elected head of Metropolitan Epiphanius (39), the COP (Tomos) on the recognition as a new "Autocephalous (independent) sister Church" to the Orthodox on 6. January in Istanbul passed. So you will be made from the point of view of Constantinople, all of the so far 14 independent Orthodox churches. Epiphanius wants to celebrate on Sunday in Kiev held its first worship service as a Church leader.

Ukraine wants to demarcate the on Saturday, founded their own Orthodox Church, now also in the religious area of Russia. At a meeting on Saturday in Kiev, bishops of the two Ukrainian Orthodox churches for a Union voted in. The Moscow-loyal Orthodox Church in the Ex-Soviet Republic boycotted the Synod to a large extent. Only two bishops took part.

The head of the new Church, the Assembly elected the Metropolitan Epifani of Pereiaslav (39), which was presented by President Petro Poroshenko personally. "Today is the day of the final attainment of independence from Russia", - said the 53-Year-old. At the same time he assured that the state will not interfere in Church Affairs. The Constitution of Ukraine provides for a strict separation of Church and state.

Before the start of the Synod in the oldest Church in the city, the Saint Sophia Cathedral, said the head of state the bishops: "you, and only you, the future of Ukraine depends on our freedom, our national and spiritual independence from Russia." Ukraine wool and the Church could not belong legally to Russia. In front of the Cathedral several Hundred people with Ukrainian flags, expressed their support for a religious separation from Russia. The police secured the center of the capital, with about 4,000 men.

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to order Because of the Church's founding in the Ukraine for months in a bitter dispute between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. The ecclesiastical and political consequences of this deep division is not yet in sight.

The Moscow Patriarchate sees the Ukraine as its traditional Church territory. The head of the Moscow-loyal Orthodox in Kiev, Metropolitan Onufri, spoke of an attempt to divide the Church. "There is already a country Church. We have enough of that. We have a lot more than promises of those who participate in this Synod,“ he said. Among the approximately 200 participants of the Assembly, only 2 bishops of the Moscow-loyal Church.

in fact, the first, founded in 1992, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, and the smaller Autocephalous Church of the United. In front of the dioceses of the Moscow Patriarchate, but to count more priests, churches and monasteries remain. In order for conflicts to be important Orthodox shrines such as the famous cave monastery in Kiev.

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The Kiev Patriarch Filaret appeared to the Synod, with the headdress of a Metropolitan. He showed that he acknowledges the sovereignty of Bartholomew on the future of the Church. The 39-year-old head of the new Church, Epifani, as a protege Filarets. In the run-up to as a candidate-called Metropolitan Simeon of Vinnytsia failed in the secret ballot. He is a Confidant of Poroshenko's and previously belonged to the Moscow Patriarchate Church. His choice would have been a Signal of the willingness to agree to the Moscow faithful spirit. Poroshenko has driven the Church plans as part of his election campaign for 2019. (KNA, dpa)

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