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NEW PATRIARCH OF KYIV, UKRAINE ELECTED

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  • Abbot +Martin dePorres,DD,LBJ
    UKRAINIAN AUTOCEPHALOUS ORTHODOX CHURCH - CANONICAL ELECTS PATRIARCH AND HOLDS ITS FIRST ALL-CHURCH SOBOR Kyiv - From June 15 through June 17, 2005 Bishops,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 25, 2005
      UKRAINIAN AUTOCEPHALOUS ORTHODOX CHURCH - CANONICAL
      ELECTS PATRIARCH AND HOLDS ITS FIRST ALL-CHURCH SOBOR

      Kyiv - From June 15 through June 17, 2005 Bishops, clergy and
      faithful from North America, South America, Europe, Africa and the
      Carribean, and representing nearly 40 countries, arrived in Kyiv to
      participate in the first Sobor of the Ukrainian Autocephalous
      Orthodox Church - Canonical.

      The Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church - Canonical was
      originally established in 1924 with a Tomos issued by His All-
      Holiness Gregorios VII, Ecumenical Patriarch, re-establishing the
      historic Kyivan-Rus (Ukrainian) Metropolitinate as an Autocephalous
      Church, placing the responsibility of establishing a new Synod of
      Bishops upon His Beatitude, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Warsaw,
      Dionisij Walenynskyj. Through the years, because of the War and its
      resulting partitions, the Bishops of the Ukarinain Autocephalous
      Orthodox Church - Canonical were forced into exile. In 2002, His
      Beatitude Metropolitan Moisey, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Russ-
      Ukraine, returned from the diaspora to re-establish the Church in
      Ukraine and to unite all the various Churches which had developed in
      the Diaspora.

      The principle objective of the Sobor was to affirm the standing of
      the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church - Canonical with respect
      to the Tomos of 1924 and to call upon the Ecumenical Patriarch and
      the other Canonical Orthodox Churches throughout the world to support
      its legitimacy both historically and canonically. The other
      objectives of the Sobor were to report on and to analyze the growth
      and work done by the UAOC-C in its Mother-Church of Ukraine and
      throughout the world, to familiarize everyone with the various
      situations in which the UAOC-C lives and functions and to recommend
      ways in which the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church may grow
      and develop in the future.

      On Saturday, June 17, the Synod of Bishops elevated Metropolitan
      Moisey [Moses Koulik] to the office of Patriarch of the UAOC-C in an
      impressive ceremony at the Cathedral of Saint Sophia and enthroned
      Patriarch Moisey on Sunday, June 18 at the Cathedral of Saint Sophia.
      Afterwards, the new Patriarch, Bishops, clergy and people walked to
      the offices of President Victor Yushchenko to symbolically ask for
      recognition by the Ukrainian Government. Bishop Ioan of the United
      States told reporters: "Despite statements to the contrary by the
      government of Ukraine, there is no religious freedom in Ukraine.
      President Victor Yushchenko has never responded to the requests of
      the UAOC-C for registration, and he has completely ignored the five
      letters the Bishops from around the world have written to him.
      Yushchenko, whom all our Bishops, as individuals, and the faithful of
      our Church, had supported during the Orange Revolution, has
      unilaterally attempted to crush us. We have no option other than to
      make the suppression of our Church known to the governments of the
      United States and the European Union."

      The Church is growing rapidly, and, as a result, the Sobor celebrated
      the ordinations of Bishop-elect Chrysostomos as Bishop of Ecuador and
      Bishop-elect Vsevolod as Bishop of the Ternopilsko-Bukovinska
      Eparchy. In addition, Charles Smollen, an American national stationed
      at a US Army base in Germany, was ordained to the priesthood by
      Patriarch Moisey for service in the Diocese of the Midwest.

      From the Press Office of Bishop Ioan
      Bishop of the Midwest (USA)
      www.uaocmoisey.org
      vladykaioan@...
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