Kiev Envoy Goes to Istanbul with Request on Ukrainian Autocephaly for Ecumenical Patriarch

Natalya Mihailova | 25 April 2018

Deputy Ukrainian Presidential Chief of Staff has left for Istanbul to deliver a request to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on issuing a tomos (ordinance) to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko said.

“Deputy presidential chief of staff Rostislav Pavlenko is currently in Istanbul. I won’t waste a single day, we will deliver [the request],” Poroshenko told journalists while on a working trip to Lvov on Friday.

Asked how likely it is that a tomos will be issued, Poroshenko said, “Anything can happen, but I am absolutely convinced that everything is God’s will.”

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