POROSHENKO DESCRIBES FOR ROMANIAN PATRIARCH ATTEMPTS IN UKRAINE TO CREATE AUTOCEPHALOUS LOCAL ORTHODOX CHURCH
RISU, 22 April 2016
As part of an official visit to Romania, President Petro Poroshenko on 21 April met with Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church.
The conversation partners noted that in both Ukraine and Romania, the church enjoys a high level of confidence of the population and is an important factor of the public life of the countries.
The Ukrainian head of state informed Patriarch Daniel about the desire of the Orthodox community of Ukraine to restore the unity of Ukrainian Orthodoxy and to create an autocephalous local Orthodox Church and to get its recognition by world Orthodoxy.
Petro Poroshenko also urged the patriarch to provide help in conducting worship services in the Ukrainian language in regions of a compact settlement of Ukrainians in Romania. Patriarch Daniel has supported this initiative.
"Today we held a very constructive discussion with His Holiness about how to extend opportunities for Ukrainians located in Romania to attend the divine liturgy in the Ukrainian language. We agreed that the next time I visit Bucharest we will attend a church service in the Ukrainian language together," Petro Poroshenko noted with regard to the results of the meeting with Patriarch Daniel. This was reported on the official website of the president.
We add that the Ukrainian community in Romania already conducts worship services in the Ukrainian language, with the consent of church authorities. (tr. by PDS, posted 22 April 2016)
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