The head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday in celebration of the baptism of Russia, visited subordinate to the Moscow Patriarchate of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, where he venerated the most revered icons of the Mother of God, informs the press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of MT.
"on the Day of baptism of Russia and the 1,000 th anniversary of the Saint equal to the apostles great Prince Vladimir, the head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko together with his wife visited the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, where he venerated the eight revered icons of the Mother of God, brought for the anniversary celebrations from different regions of Ukraine. In the abode of the head of state met the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry ", – notified on the Internet office of the UOC.
at the celebration, dedicated to the celebration of this event, in the capital from different regions of Ukraine were brought prominent shrines of the Ukrainian Orthodoxy, eight of the miraculous icons of the Mother of God: "Zimnensky ", " Pochaev ", " Okhtyrka ", " Kasperovsky ", " Lebedev ", " Church ", "Look down at the humility" and " three hands-Berdyansk ". Recall, on Tuesday, Poroshenko also visited the Liturgy in the Vladimir Cathedral, the main Church of Kyiv Patriarchate, which served as the head of the UOC-KP, Patriarch Filaret. Demonstrated by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko choice in favor of not recognized by the international Orthodox-Kyiv Patriarchate is more important to him in person than to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, said the Deputy Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov. Now in Ukraine there are several Churches of the Orthodox rite – recognized by all the local Orthodox churches of the UOC-MP and the UOC-Kyiv Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC), Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. In 1992, Metropolitan Filaret (Denysenko), who occupied Kiev before the pulpit, and after the death of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Pimen in 1990 was elected Locum Tenens of the Patriarchal throne, not content provided by the Ukrainian Church independence and autonomy in the management of the Moscow Patriarchate, first asked in a persistent form for her autocephaly, but, not having received no consent, created and legally registered so-called Kiev Patriarchate. None of the canonical local Orthodox Churches, its legality is not recognized. UAOC - canonical unrecognized Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Diaspora in the European Union and America. The Kyivan Patriarchate and the UAOC, with the assistance of the political authorities for more than 2 decades, demand the recognition of their legitimacy.