Published on 21 Jun 2016
Ukraine is passionately awaiting the decision of the Pan-Orthodox Council currently being held on the Greek island of Crete.
Earlier Ukraine's Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) officially addressed His All Holiness Bartholomew I, the Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch to grant autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine that is currently subordinate to Moscow's Patriarchate.
The deputies asked to recognize the Act of 1686 according to which the Kyiv metropolitan was allegedly attached to the Moscow Patriarchate.
The unique gathering of Eastern Orthodox Christianity Churches started on June 19th after a thousand-year-break. Nearly a century ago the representatives of the confessions started negotiations of a new Pan-Orthodox gathering, full of scandals and intrigues mixed with preparations hindered by wars, Soviet cadency, and internal manipulations. The preparations for this event began in 1961 with an aim to deal with the problems within the Orthodox Christianity. The political issues are seemingly prior to religion.