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Ukrainian Church primate receives Tomos

It received it from the Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul.

Ukrainian Church primate receives Tomos
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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has handed the Tomos on the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epifaniy.

The ceremony took place in the St George Cathedral in Istanbul on the morning of 6 January.

The transfer of the Tomos completes the creation of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed the Tomos for the Ukrainian Church on 5 January.

Apart from Epifaniy, the Ukrainian delegation to Istanbul includes President Petro Poroshenko parliament speaker Andriy Parubiy, former President Viktor Yushchenko, Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak and other government members.

On 7 January, Epifaniy will hold a Christmas service in Kyiv's St Sophia Cathedral.

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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