U.S. congratulates Orthodox Church of Ukraine on anniversary of receiving Tomos of Autocephaly

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Canan Kevser
06 January 2021, 10:50
Canan Kevser
06 January 2021, 10:50

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine congratulated the Orthodox Church of Ukraine on the second anniversary of receiving the Tomos of Autocephaly.

“Congratulations to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine on the second anniversary of receiving the Tomos of Autocephaly! We support Ukrainians’ ability to worship as they choose, without external influence,” the U.S. diplomats wrote on Facebook.

Background

On October 11, 2019, the Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul greenlit the process for the Ukrainian church’s independence, over Russia’s objections, and with Ukrainian-Russian geopolitical tensions in the background.

The Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church was created following the results of December 15, 2019, All-Ukrainian Orthodox Unity Council, where Epiphanius, the metropolitan of Pereiaslav and Bila Tserkva, was elected primate of the local Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

On January 6, 2019, Epifaniy, as Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, received from Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul the Tomos of autocephaly (independence) of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.