"I invite the Ecumenical Patriarch to visit Ukraine," Parubii said Friday at a meeting with the Exarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Ukraine - Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon from the United States, and Bishop Ilarion of Edmonton from Canada, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
The parliament speaker asked the exarchs to convey this invitation to the Ecumenical Patriarch.
According to Parubii, the visit of the Ecumenical Patriarch to Ukraine "would be a milestone event, would be highly symbolic for Ukraine and the Verkhovna Rada."
He also said he expected a positive decision on granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
In turn, the exarchs noted that the final step is to be taken for granting the Tomos [of autocephaly] and advocated further cooperation with the Ukrainian parliament.
"I think that His Holiness ... shall visit Ukraine and will also be present in the Verkhovna Rada, which made this historic decision" (to ask the patriarch to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Ed.)," said Bishop Ilarion of Edmonton.
As reported, hierarchs on Sept. 2 held meetings (Synaxis) of the Hierarchy of the Ecumenical Throne Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) to confirm that the Church of Constantinople is authorized, without the consent of other churches, to grant autonomy, or autocephaly, to a church that has requested it. This paves the way for autocephality of Ukraine's church. Further measures, such as the adoption of documents at the Synod, are expected to be taken in October.
Subsequently, on Sept. 7, Ecumenical Patriarchate has appointed two Exarchs in Kyiv as part of preparations for granting autocephaly to Ukraine's Orthodox church. "Within the framework of the preparations for the granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has appointed as its Exarchs in Kyiv His Excellency Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon from the United States, and His Grace Bishop Ilarion of Edmonton from Canada, both of whom are serving the Ukrainian Orthodox faithful in their respective countries under the Ecumenical Patriarchate," the Ecumenical Patriarchate said in an announcement.
On April 17, 2018, President Poroshenko said Ukraine was closer than ever before to creating an autocephalous united local church.
Pursuant to the instruction of Poroshenko, on April 20, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Rostyslav Pavlenko visited Istanbul and handed over to His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew the Appeal of the President of Ukraine on granting the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.
He also handed over the Verkhovna Rada’s resolution on the support for the President’s Appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew also received the appeals of the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches on granting the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.