Kiev, January 5, Interfax - President Pyotr Poroshenko has invited the Ecumenical Patriarch to pay a visit to Ukraine.
"I want to announce: we are looking forward to welcoming you in Ukraine," Poroshenko told Patriarch Bartholomew after the latter signed the tomos of autocephaly for the new Orthodox church of Ukraine in Istanbul on Saturday.
"Thank goodness! Without God's will, this event - the signing of the tomos for Ukraine - would have been impossible. I thank his Holiness Bartholomew for his faith, love of Ukraine and our people, the courage to begin the autocephaly process for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the completion of which we are celebrating these days," Poroshenko said.
The tomos will be translated into Ukrainian soon, the Ukrainian presidential advisor Rostislav Pavlenko said in Istanbul.
During the signing ceremony the tomos was read out in Greek. "The official translation [will be ready] very soon," Pavlenko said.
The official Ukrainian delegation consists of President Poroshenko, his wife Marina, Verkhovnaya Rada speaker Andrey Parubiy, third president of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development Stepan Kubiv, Deputy Prime Minister Gennady Zubko, Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin, Minister of Youth and Sports Igor Zhdanov and Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak.
The tomos will be handed to Epiphany Dumenko, leader of new church, after a divine liturgy on January 6.