After signing the agreement with Ukraine, the Ecumenical Patriarchate can help to accelerate the repair of St. Andrew’s Church. This was stated by Deputy head of the presidential Administration Rostislav Pavlenko, transfers “112 Ukraine”.
“2020 is the deadline. I understand that, if necessary, within reasonable limits, it will be accelerated. Most importantly, adopted the law of Ukraine on the transfer of this Church to the use of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Then, I think, will be the promotion about the repair was completed in a reasonable period of time,” he said.
As a reminder, on October 18, the Verkhovna Rada adopted in General the presidential bill No. 9208, which approved the transfer of St. Andrew’s Church to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to hold services, religious rites, ceremonies and processions. The building itself will remain in state ownership. “For” the second time voted 237 deputies (first 216 votes).
On 3 November, the President Petro Poroshenko and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed the agreement “About cooperation and interaction between Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople”.