I congratulate Ukraine on the signing of the Tomos on the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church

18:15 05.01.2019

Patriatch Bartholomew has signed the Tomos granting autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine! This is a great day in our nation’s history.

On January 6 the Tomos will be officially given to Metropolitan Epifaniy.

In his statement, Patriarch Bartholomew said: “The Ukrainian people have been waiting for this blessed day for centuries…”

I sometimes hear people complain about “church propaganda,” saying that we are a secular state and should not have the values of a certain confession imposed on us.

But this is not only about church politics, faith and orthodoxy. The Tomos is a marker, a symbol of our nation’s spiritual identity and a push towards unity.

May God help us on our path. With faith in Ukraine and a better future!

Yulia Tymoshenko