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Christmas liturgy at St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv (25)

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko addresses the worshipers who came to St. Sophia Cathedral for the Christmas liturgy, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko (R) and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii carry the Tomos of Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine inside St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrinform.

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko shakes hands with acting Minister of Healthcare of Ukraine Ulana Suprun during the Christmas liturgy at St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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People queue outside the bell tower which doubles as the entrance to the premises of St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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People queue outside the bell tower which doubles as the entrance to the premises of St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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Ancient frescos cover the walls of St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrinform.

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People gathered in Sofiiska Square outside St. Sophia Cathedral watch the live broadcast of a speech delivered by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko after the Christmas liturgy, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii carries out the Christmas liturgy at St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii crosses himself as he carries out the Christmas liturgy at St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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A woman and a child look at a German shepherd as officers of the Security Service of Ukraine are on duty in Sofiiska Square during the Christmas liturgy at St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko (R) meets revelers outside St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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An ornate walking cane is pictured at St. Sophia Cathedral during the Christmas liturgy, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko addresses the worshipers who came to St. Sophia Cathedral for the Christmas liturgy, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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A man takes pictures during the live broadcast of the Christmas liturgy in Sofiiska Square outside St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko (L) and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin (R) attend the Christmas liturgy at St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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A woman in a floral scarf poses for a photo with masked and armed officers of the Security Service of Ukraine on duty in Sofiiska Square during the Christmas liturgy at St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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A senior man is pictured in Sofiiska Square outside St. Sophia Cathedral during the live broadcast of the Christmas liturgy, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko addresses the worshipers who came to St. Sophia Cathedral for the Christmas liturgy, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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The Tomos of Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine is pictured at St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and his wife Maryna Poroshenko stay behind priests during the Christmas liturgy at St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and his son Mykhailo Poroshenko attend the Christmas liturgy at St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko (L) attends the Christmas liturgy at St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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People are gathered in Sofiiska Square outside St. Sophia Cathedral for the live broadcast of the Christmas liturgy, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko crosses himself during the Christmas liturgy at St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and his wife Maryna Poroshenko are pictured at St. Sophia Cathedral before the Christmas liturgy, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, January 7, 2019. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifanii put the Tomos of Autocephaly on display during the Christmas liturgy at the cathedral. Ukrinform.