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 Constantinople to help revive traditions existing long before the Treaty of Pereiaslav and annexation of Ukraine

Patriarchate of Constantinople will do its utmost to help Ukraine create a united local Orthodox church. This was announced by the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox church in the United States and Canada - metropolitan Yurij (Kalistchuk), who is one of the representatives of the Archbishop of Constantinople, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I.

This is reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine. "Patriarchate of Constantinople, under whose jurisdiction the Kyiv Metropolis has been during 700 years, remembers its being the mother church of the Kyiv Metropolis and does not forget its high responsibility before Ukraine and declares its readiness to take all efforts for Ukraine to have united local autocephalous Orthodox church," he said at a meeting of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations on Volodymyr Hill in Kyiv.

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According to the church hierarch, "since the days of the Volodymyr's baptism and the Christianization of Kyivan Rus - Ukraine the Ukrainian state and churches have been fighting for their independence and integrity."

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"But we believe the time has come for this country - Ukraine - to be integrated and unified, as well as to have a united Orthodox church, which will follow the traditions it had had during those 700 years beforel the Treaty of Pereiaslav after which Ukraine was annexed with its church facing the same fate," the metropolitan said. He added that since then until today the Ukrainian Orthodox church "has sought for its natural state."

 
 
 
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