Russian Old Believer Bishop Visits Odesa

19.12.2002, 16:57
Bishop Savatii of Kyiv and all Ukraine of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Old Believers visited southern Ukrainian Odesa at the invitation of Metropolitan Ahafangel of Odesa and Izmail of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP). This news was reported by the press service of the UOC-MP on 18 December 2002.

The two hierarchs met in the Assumption Cathedral in Odesa. They discussed the split in Russian Orthodoxy in the 18th century and expressed their common desire to cure it. Bishop Savatii and Metropolitan Ahafangel also agreed to conduct meetings for the clergy of both churches in the future. During his visit, Bishop Savatii visited the Odesa Theological Seminary of the UOC-MP.