2018-11-07 18:03:00

Poroshenko signs law on transferring church in Kiev to Ecumenical Patriarchate

Kiev, November 7, Interfax - Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has signed the Law on the Use of St. Andrew's Church of the St. Sophia of Kiev National Reserve, which envisages the transfer of St. Andrew's Church in Kiev to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to house its stavropegia (representative office) there.

The law, which the president submitted to the Verkhovnaya Rada as urgent on October 17 and which was approved by 237 votes on October 18, was returned with the signature of the president on November 7, the website of the Ukrainian parliament said.

Under the law, the church, an object of cultural heritage and a monument of architecture and state property, is to be transferred to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for permanent free use to perform church services, religious ceremonies, and processions.

According to the authors of the law, the transfer of St. Andrew's Church for the use of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will speed up Constantinople's recognition of the local Orthodox church in Ukraine.