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Deputy Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) of the Moscow Patriarchate, Archpriest Mykolay Danylevych has said the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is responsible for the all-Orthodox unity, decided to discuss the issue of the autocephalous church in Ukraine with other Orthodox churches.

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"The Ecumenical Patriarchate, who has responsibility for the all-Orthodox unity, has decided in this connection to have close communication with other Orthodox churches to inform (them about this) and agree (this issue with them)," he wrote on Facebook.

According to the archpriest, this means that the Patriarchate of Constantinople "will not do anything to prevent this unity" and "must coordinate the issue of Ukrainian autocephaly with all local Orthodox churches."

"Thus, parishioners of the UOC do not need to worry," he added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the Ecumenical Patriarchate had launched procedures required for granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.