Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew declares that the Ukrainian Church is given autocephaly on the principles of authentic church and for the sake of the truth, traditions of the church, the protection of the canonical order and the identity of Orthodoxy. This is stated in the address of the Ecumenical Patriarch on the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor in the website of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA.

“This is a great responsibility of the mother church, therefore, just as we gave autocephaly to all the local churches, the Holy Synod decided to provide autocephaly to the suffering Orthodox Church in Ukraine, so that it also joined the completeness of Orthodoxy in unity and inner peace,” he stressed. universal patriarch.

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