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Abp Antony (Ukrainian Orthodox Church) sends message of prayerful greetings to His Holiness Benedict XVI

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.04.20 BRAMA: BRAMA, Apr 20, 2005, 4:00 am ET Press Release Archbishop Antony (Ukrainian Orthodox Church) sends message of prayerful greetings to His
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      2005.04.20 BRAMA:
      BRAMA, Apr 20, 2005, 4:00 am ET
      Press Release
      Archbishop Antony (Ukrainian Orthodox Church) sends message of prayerful
      greetings to His Holiness Benedict XVI

      His Eminence, Archbishop Antony, President of the Consistory of the
      Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, sent a message of congratulations
      with an assurance of prayers on behalf of the Church's hierarchs, clergy,
      and laity to His Holiness Benedict XVI, on the occasion of his election to
      the sacred office of Bishop of the Holy See of Rome and Patriarch of the West.

      The text of the message, dated April 19, 2005, reads as follows.

      "As members of the world-wide Orthodox Christian community, Ukrainian
      Orthodox Christians have prayerfully followed the events culminating in
      Your Holiness's election to the sacred office of Bishop of the Holy See of
      Rome and Patriarch of the West.

      His Beatitude Metropolitan Constantine, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox
      Church of the United States of America, His Eminence Archbishop Vsevolod of
      Chicago and the Western Eparchy and the undersigned Archbishop of New York
      and Washington, DC and Bishop of the Eastern Eparchy, convey personal
      assurances of prayers and those of the venerable clergy and devout faithful
      entrusted to our Archpastoral and administrative care. May the grace of the
      All Holy and Life-giving Spirit guide and strengthen Your Holiness as you
      commence the work, which the same All Holy Spirit has called upon you to
      accomplish.

      In an era when the waves of secularism strike against the Holy Church,
      attempt to topple it, and configure it to the standards of secular society,
      we the Bishops, clergy and faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the
      USA pray that like, the Holy Apostle Peter, Your Holiness will confirm the
      brethren of the Holy Church of Rome in the Faith and cooperate with the All
      Holy Spirit in bringing unity to what your predecessor of blessed memory
      called "the two lungs" of the Church of Christ."
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