The head of the DNC Epiphanius believes that in the Crimea and uncontrolled territories of Kiev Donbass violated freedom of religion and faith.
KIEV, October 23. /TASS/. The head of the so-called Orthodox Church in Ukraine (PCU) Epiphany (Dumenko) held on Wednesday a meeting with the US Secretary of state Michael Pompeo, in which he thanked the head of the state Department for the support from Washington and discussed with him the provision of further pressure on Russia. This is stated in the message following the meeting in Washington of the interview, published on the website of the DNC.”The Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine stressed that Ukraine is grateful for the many years of solidarity and appreciate the robust bipartisan support of the United States of America, which is extremely important to strengthen the independence of Ukraine”, – stated in the message. Epiphany in conversation with Pompeo expressed hope that Washington will continue to be “adamant in its support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, in the protection of religious freedom,” according to a press release. Epiphany informed the Secretary of state about the process of international recognition of the PCU, in particular the decision of the Greek Orthodox Church to recognize the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, it said in a statement.
The head of the DNC said in a conversation with Pompeo that, in his opinion, in the Crimea and uncontrolled territories of Kiev Donbass violated freedom of religion and faith. In this context, at the meeting of the Epiphany with Pompeo was noted the necessity of continuing pressure on the Kremlin, said in a statement ptsu. In turn, the American Secretary of state said Epiphanius, “the United States has defended and will defend the right of every person to freedom of worship and opportunity to pray in accordance with his choice,” said DNC.
The creation of so-called Orthodox Church of Ukraine was announced in December 2018 at the unity Cathedral of two dissident organizations – Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The Cathedral, with the active participation of the Ukrainian authorities was held in Kiev, representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. 6 January of this year, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew gave to the head of the DNC to Metropolitan Epiphanius the Tomos of autocephaly. Ptsu is not recognized by the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as most of the local Orthodox churches.The exception was the Greek Orthodox Church, bishops ‘ Council which on 12 October acknowledged the right of the Patriarch of Constantinople to grant autocephaly to the PCU.
The US provided support to the PCU – Pompeo in January, welcomed the granting of autocephaly. And they continued the pressure on the Orthodox churches in the middle East and North Africa, requiring them to recognize the DNC, announced in early October the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, speaking at a meeting of the international discussion club “Valdai”.