Patriarchs Meet In Kiev

From: The Shepherd, August 2008
HIS ALL-HOLINESS Œcumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I of Constantinople and His Holiness Patriarch Aleksii II of Moscow and All Russia jointly conducted an open-air service in Kiev on Sunday 27th July 2008, marking 1020 years since Christianity was adopted in Kievan Rus.’  The festive service was held near the monument to St Vladimir.  Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko greeted the two church leaders near a large scarlet platform, set up for the occasion.  Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev, Archbishop Hieronymos of Greece, Archbishop Anastasios of Albania and representatives of other local Orthodox Churches concelebrated with the two Patriarchs.  The choir of the Kiev Theologian Academy and a Greek choir sang.  The service was broadcast live by all Ukrainian national channels.  After the service, the Patriarchs had a meeting during which the church situation in the Ukraine was discussed.  The two parties agreed to work on improving relations between the two churches and recognized bilateral responsibility for “Orthodox unity and common Orthodox testimony to the world,” the Patriarch of Constantinople said.  “We agreed to resolve all controversies between our churches through discussion and dialogue,” said Patriarch Aleksii II, adding that an agreement to discuss controversies by delegations of the two churches so as to work out decisions “that would meet our interests” was reached.  Presently both Patriarchs have separate jurisdictions operating in Ukraine.

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