Poroshenko Met With Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States, Constantinople Patriarchate
Photo Mykola Lazarenko
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States, Constantinople Patriarchate, – the Ruling Hierarch of the UOC in the United States Metropolitan Antony of Hierapolis and the Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Archbishop Daniel of Pamphylia.
Poroshenko expressed gratitude for the spiritual and moral support of the process of granting autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and personally thanked Metropolitan Antony and Archbishop Daniel for their support and assistance in the process of establishing an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Head of State also thanked the Ecumenical Patriarch for his efforts in providing the Tomos to Ukraine.
In turn, Metropolitan Antony of Hierapolis emphasized the crucial role of Poroshenko in gaining the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
“This is an incredible and the most important event in the history of the Ukrainian nation. It seemed that it was impossible. You spoke as the great leader of the nation and entered the history of mankind as the man who brought the Tomos to Ukraine. We have been waiting for such a leadership for many years, much more than you,” Metropolitan Antony said.
Metropolitan Antony of Hierapolis stressed the importance of preserving stability in Ukraine.
“We are only at the beginning of a very complicated process. And if people can follow you, your views and your patience, they will pass this complicated process,” he said.