Unification Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church held on December 15. This was during a speech at the Forum of local self-government, which was broadcast channel “112 Ukraine”, said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

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“I am pleased to publish the date of the Unification Council, which must proclaim the establishment of the Autocephalous local Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The Cathedral will take place on 15 December 2018 in Hagia Sophia, which for centuries was the center of the Ukrainian Orthodox religious life. His Sesualist Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew informed me that he had signed letters to the hierarchs of the UOC-KP, and UAOC hierarchs of the UOC-MP with an invitation to participate in this extremely important historical event,” he said .

We will remind, on October 11, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate supported the renewal of the granting of autocephaly of Ukraine and formally approved that the mother Church of Ukraine is Constantinople.

The Synod also removed the anathema from the head of the UOC-KP Filaret and the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Macarius.

The head of the UOC Kiev Patriarchate Filaret said that in the near future will be the unifying Council of bishops to create a unified Ukrainian local Church. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko assumed that it will be held in mid-December, but the exact date was not called.