Metropolitan Epifaniy meets with the US Congress members
According to the official website of the OCU, at the beginning, Metropolitan Epifaniy told the guests about the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, which has become a symbol of the national revival and struggle for freedom of Ukraine.
Thereafter, he primarily spoke about Russia's groundless attack on Ukraine, the heroic struggle of our defenders, the terrible atrocities that the aggressor massively committed against civilians in Ukrainian cities and villages, and the need to establish a sustainable supply of weapons that the Armed Forces of Ukraine need to defeat evil.
"The evil empire is trying to destroy the Ukrainian nation. In such a difficult struggle, the strength of spirit alone is not enough. Our defenders need appropriate weapons, " the head of the OCU said.
The parties also discussed Ukraine's support for restoring civilian infrastructure destroyed by Russian shelling. As a huge number of people lost their homes, hospitals, schools, businesses and cultural institutions were destroyed.
"Thank you for your support during the difficult time of the war test. I think that the entire civilized world will not leave Ukraine in the future and will help us," the Primate of the OCU commented.
In addition, during the conversation, it was said that today peace in the entire region, or even the world, depends on the situation in Ukraine.
In this context, His Beatitude expressed the opinion that if Putin is not stopped now in Ukraine, he would continue his course in the future because he acts as the newest Antichrist, with whom it is impossible to reach an agreement. That is why prayer is needed as a spiritual weapon and a joint cohesive activity to counter this threat.
At the end of the meeting, several other issues were also discussed: interfaith relations, the activities of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations, and humanitarian projects.