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 Ukrainian parliament asks Ecumenical Patriarch for autocephality for Orthodox Church in Ukraine

Ukrainian MPs have supported an address to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on providing autocephality for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

As reported by Censor.NET, a relevant draft bill No 4793 has been voted in favor by 245 deputies.

Factions of Opposition Bloc and Vidrodzhennia Party have not voted for the address.

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"Due to aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, and occupation of some Ukrainian territories [by Russia - ed.], the majority of Ukrainian population does not appreciate the idea of church unity with Moscow's Patriarch Kirill, who has played his role in the hybrid war against Ukraine," the supporting document of the bill reads.

"The figures of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine prove that this Church has not only reached the level enough for autocephality, but also will become the most numerous Orthodox Church in the world if it manages to overcome the existing split. Independent Ukraine requires its own independent church, sovereign from the aggressor state. In addition, it is unacceptable to use the church as an instrument of the hybrid war," the document reads.


 
 
 
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