The head of the DNC Epiphany, the speaker of Parliament Andriy Parubiy and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Istanbul, January 6, 2019.
Church award Andriy Parubiy received January 6, when the Ukrainian delegation came to Istanbul to receive the Tomos of autocephaly of the ptsu.
That Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was awarded speaker of the high Church award – the cross of St. Andrew, the head of the Ukrainian Parliament announced on his page in Facebook.
“I recently remembered all of our path of struggle for Independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, – wrote Parubiy, which is Greek-Catholic. We began to spread the slogans that the Orthodox Church in Ukraine needs to be independent from Moscow in the early 90’s, still gaining, fighting for independence. (…) In April 2016 I became the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada immediately together with like-minded people we started to discuss the strategy of unification of Orthodoxy in Ukraine and obtaining Autocephaly for Unified Local Orthodox Church in Ukraine.”
The politician recalled how in June 2016 the Verkhovna Rada has approved an address to Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew on the granting of the Tomos of autocephaly, which, according to him, the deputies “described all the way and the strategy for achieving this goal.”
“In November of 2016 I first had the honour to meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Phanar to discuss the strategy of obtaining Autocephaly to a United Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Today we are witnesses to the fact that the Autocephalous Local Orthodox Church in Ukraine is! I sincerely thank the Ecumenical Patriarch for the high award. I’m honored that the Patriarch Bartholomew I was awarded the Church award – the cross of St. Andrew on this great day in the Holy place. Christ is born! Glorify Him!” – to share the joy parishioners of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Andriy Parubiy.
As reported by the SPM, earlier Parubiy expressed confidence that after receiving the Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian canonical Church parishes will make a choice in favor of the transition in ptsu.