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Patriarch Kirill to meet with the head of Constantinople Patriarchate 

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Patriarch Kirill to meet with the head of Constantinople Patriarchate 


Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church is planning to meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Interfax reports. Patriarch Kirill's visit to Istanbul is scheduled for the end of this month. 

As noted by Patriarchate of Constantinople the meeting will be held on the request of the ROC. 

The heads of Moscow and Constantinople Patriarchates, most likely, are going to discuss an attempt to reach autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. 

According to Nikolay Danilevich, UOC Department for External Church Relations representative, the way to address inter-Orthodox unity strengthening key issues is to be identified at the meeting. 

Earlier Russkiy Mir reported that the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko turned to the Patriarch of Constantinople with the request to establish local Orthodox Church. 

Patriarch Bartholomew stated several times that Metropolitan Onufriy, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate was the only canonical head of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. It's recently became known that Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople is has no intention to grant Tomos of Autocephaly.

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