Hierarchs of the UOC of the USA Meet with the Ecumenical Patriarch
On Thursday, October 30, 2015 His Eminence Metropolitan Antony (Scharba), the Prime Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and His Grace Bishop Daniel (Zelinsky), President of the Consistory of the UOC of the USA met with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul, Turkey, press service ofthe Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA informs.
The meeting was held prior to the beginning of the 11th Regular Sobor of the Ukrainian Orthodox communities across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In their formal meeting, the Ecumenical Patriarch conveyed his personal greetings to the clergy and delegates of the upcoming Sobor, ensuring them of his prayers and wholehearted and fervent wishes for a peaceful and fruitful assembly. The Patriarch further stated: “…Meeting together with faithful from all over the world – including the United States, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand, - is a unique opportunity to share with one another news about developments on the parish, regional and global levels, especially at a time when our world is facing numerous tests to the Church’s unity and peace.”
Moreover, the hierarchs of the UOC of the USA discussed with His All Holiness the present struggle of Ukrainian Orthodox Christians in Ukraine, as well as fervent prayers of the entire Ukrainian Orthodox Diaspora, for a peaceful and swift resolution of the ecclesiastical division that exists in the ancestral homeland of Ukraine.