Ukrainian church leaders discuss Uniate-Orthodox cooperation


Ukrinform, 29 December 2018


The primate of the local Ukrainian church, Metropolitan Epifany, and the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGKTs), Sviatoslav, have already held a meeting and agreed to work out a roadmap for deepening the relations of the two churches in various areas. Metropolitan Epifany described this in an interview with the television channel Priamoi.


"We outlined a certain path for our future cooperation and in the future we will seek those points of contact that will unite us. This is in the sphere of religious education and in other spheres of our existence. Corresponding commissions will be created on the part of our Orthodox church and on the part of the Greek Catholic Church, and we will work out together a roadmap of further cooperation," Epifany said.


He noted that the UGKTs and the UPTsKP have always had a common goal—to work for the sake of the development of the Ukrainian state, and this is an unchanged aspiration.


As reported, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Sviatoslav, appealed to the primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Epifany. He wrote that in the name of his church he is extending his hand to Epifany and to all Orthodox brothers, and he suggests starting a path to unity together.


As reported, on 15 December, in the Holy Wisdom cathedral in Kiev there occurred a unification council for the creation of a united Ukrainian local Orthodox church, which elected Metropolitan Epifany as its primate. It is he who will receive a tomos concerning the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine on 6 January in Istanbul. (tr. by PDS, posted 31 December 2018)

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