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5Orthodox (UOC-MP) Metropolitan Meets French, Hungarian, and Israeli Ambassadors

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Jan 30, 2004

      01.28.04 (RISU.org.ua) – Kyiv -- From 22 to 26 January 2004, Metropolitan
      Volodymyr (Sabodan), head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow
      Patriarchate (UOC-MP), met with the ambassadors to Ukraine from France,
      Israel and Hungary.

      During a meeting on 22 January, Metropolitan Volodymyr and French
      Ambassador Philippe de Suremain discussed the church split in Ukraine, its
      reasons, and the negative impact on the spiritual revival of the Ukrainian

      Ambassador Suremain stated that nowhere in the world do so many people go
      to church as go to Orthodox churches in Ukraine. He also added that the
      number of monasteries and monks and nuns testify not only to a visible
      renewal of what had been lost during the years of atheism, but also to a
      new spirituality and real practice of Christian life, which according to
      the ambassador does not exist in France.

      On 26 January, Metropolitan Volodymyr met with Naomi Ben-Ami, Israeli
      ambassador to Ukraine, and discussed the problems of Orthodox Ukrainian
      citizens traveling to Israel.

      Later that day, Metropolitan Volodymyr met with Janosz Tot, Hungarian
      ambassador to Ukraine. They discussed the current religious situation in
      Ukraine. Ambassador Tot told the metropolitan about the present state of
      and prospects for religious development in Hungary.

      Source: www.orthodox.org.ua