Yuschenko, Bartholomew I discuss opening of Ecumenical Patriarch’s office in Ukraine

Kiev, May 20, Interfax – Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko and Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I have discussed the possibility of setting up “a representative office [in Ukraine] in the format of a metochion or a culture and information center of the Ecumenical Patriarch.”

Yuschenko and Bartholomew I met in Istanbul on Wednesday, as part of the Ukrainian head of state’s working visit to Turkey, the Ukrainian presidential press service said.

The meeting also addressed ways to step up contacts between Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Yuschenko said he wants this dialogue to be intensified at all levels.

He confirmed his country’s interest in establish a local Orthodox Church.

The Ukrainian president said he is convinced that “the Ecumenical Church and the personal wisdom and efforts of the Patriarch himself play the most important role in all unification processes.”

The Ukrainian president and the Patriarch discussed also preparations for the All Orthodox Council and meetings between representatives of local Orthodox Churches that should take place ahead of the event, the press service said.


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