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Ukrainian delegation arrives in Istanbul to receive Tomos

The Tomos will be signed on 5 January and handed over to Metropolitan Epifaniy on 6 January.

Ukrainian delegation arrives in Istanbul to receive Tomos
Photo: twitter.com/andriyparubiy

The Ukrainian delegation arrived in Istanbul to receive the Tomos from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

"We are on our way to His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with words of sincere gratitude from the entire Ukrainian nation for the historic decision to grant the Tomos to the Autocephalous Local Orthodox Church of Ukraine," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tweeted on the morning of 5 January,

The delegation also includes Ukrainian Orthodox Church Primate, Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine Epifaniy, parliament speaker Andriy Parubiy, ex-President Viktor Yushchenko and Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak.

A meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is scheduled for 5 January.

The delegation will attend the signing of the Tomos and the following prayer.

Poroshenko and Epifaniy will make statements following the signing ceremony.

The ceremony of handing the Tomos over to Metropolitan Epifaniy will take place on 6 January.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church uniting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, was established on 15 December 2018. Bishop Epifaniy was elected its primate and declared Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine.

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