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Poroshenko meets UOC MP archbishop in support of autocephaly

Poroshenko meets UOC MP archbishop in support of autocephaly
Photo: President's press service / Mykola Lazarenko

President Petro Poroshenko has met Cherkasy and Kaniv Metropolitan Sofroniy (Dmytruk) of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.

The senior priest supports autocephaly and is planning to attend a unification congress of Ukrainian Orthodox churches, the president's press service said.

On 13 November, Poroshenko met Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyy Metropolitan Oleksandr (Drabynko), Vinnytsya and Bar Metropolitan Simeon (Shostatskyy) and Nova Kakhovka and Henichesk Metropolitan Filaret (Zverev). Unlike the latter one, the former two support the bid for an independent Ukrainian Church.

Sofroniy also wanted to meet Poroshenko that day but he told the BBC that he was too tired after the congress of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.

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