Epiphanius believes that without Maidan there would be no autocephaly
The newly established Church received autocephaly thanks to the revolution of Dignity, says the Metropolitan.
In receiving the Tomos of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine the important role played by the events on the Maidan in winter 2-13-2014 years. This was stated by the Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Epiphanius, says the website of the DNC
“Thanks to the revolution of Dignity, we received the long-awaited Tomos, the document on autocephaly of Orthodox Church in Ukraine. About this time wanted and waited many generations of our predecessors, but we have become direct participants, collaborators and creators. All of us together: and a Church, and you – the active participants of the events, did everything to ensure that this time has come, and now we notice that we have an independent national Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” said Epiphany during a meeting with management and representatives of the Minor Academy of Sciences.
The parties also discussed the process of transition of the parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Metropolitan Epiphanius noted that the Church seeks to unite based on love and peace.
“We will develop our independent Church which is the spiritual Foundation of the European democratic Ukrainian state, which will become a full member of the European Union and join NATO”, – he said.
Recall, January 5, in Istanbul Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed the Tomos of autocephaly of the ptsu. And the next day, January 6, Bartholomew officially handed Tomos first head of the DNC, Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine Epiphany.
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