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4US Ambassador Studies Orthodox Church Transfer

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Jan 30, 2004
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      US Ambassador Studies Orthodox Church Transfer

      01.28.04 (RISU.org.ua) – Kyiv -- John Herbst, US ambassador to Ukraine, on
      18 January 2004 acquainted himself with the situation over the Church of
      the Protection of the Mother of God in the village of Malyn, central
      Ukrainian Zhytomyr region, and studied the documents about the church.
      Presently in the possession of the Rusyn Orthodox Church-Abroad (ROC-A),
      headed by Metropolitan Lavr, the Malyn administration is trying to transfer
      the church to the ownership of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow

      Fr. Vasyl Demchenko, pastor of the church, acquainted Ambassador Herbst
      with a letter from the National Committee on Religious Matters, which
      assigned a special commission to deal with the situation over the church.

      According to the US Embassy in Kyiv, Ambassador Herbst is a member of the
      Russian Orthodox Church-Abroad. This church jurisdiction is related to the
      Rusyn Orthodox Church-Abroad.

      RISU reported about the situation in Malyn on 14 January 2003.

      Source: www.ipc.od.ua