Victor Yushchenko has met with Metropolitan Mefodiy, head of the Ukrainian Autonomous Orthodox Church, President’s press office informs.

They spoke about how to unify the country’s Orthodox churches to create a national church. They agreed it was vital to achieve national unity and bridge religious differences.

Although the President believes “the unification of Ukraine’s Orthodox churches will contribute to the nation’s spiritual unity,” he said the government should not interfere with this process. He expressed hopes the country’s religious leaders would compromise without any “preliminary demands.”

Metropolitan Mefodiy said he approved the idea of starting talks involving Ukraine’s Orthodox leaders. He added that the President’s insistent desire to unify the churches “yields positive results.”

“Most of the churches have already realizedthat this is necessary not only for the church but also for the country,” he said.


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