Poroshenko urges Ukrainians to pray for autocephaly of Ukrainian church
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on Ukrainians to gather on Kyiv's St. Sophia's Square in the morning on October 14 to pray for the granting of autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
"I was addressed by a group of respected public leaders, including Yuriy Shcherbak, Dmytro Pavlychko, Mykhailo Slaboshpytskyi. They offer the Ukrainian community to pray together on October 14 for Ukraine, its army and the united church that we are creating together," he wrote on Facebook.
The head of state called on all concerned Ukrainians to gather on St. Sophia's Square at 09:30 Kyiv time on Sunday to hold a prayer for granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian church.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on October 11, following a meeting of the Synod, a decision was announced, stating that the Ecumenical Patriarchate proceeds to granting autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine.
In addition, the legal binding of the Synod's letter of 1686 was abolished, thus taking the Kyiv Metropolis from under Moscow's canonical jurisdiction. Also, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) Filaret and head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) Makariy were reinstated in their canonical status.
On October 12, the UOC-KP urged the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) to prepare for a special unification council.