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Ukrainian Diaspora in the United States and Canada: We must not disgrace our Patriarch

We, the citizens of the United States of America, believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, headed by His Holiness Patriarch of Kyiv and All Russia-Ukraine Philaret, received with great indignation the message that the Hero of Ukraine, a prominent statesman and his most prominent bishop in Ukraine Patriarch Philaret was not invited to the official celebration of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence.

Thirty years ago, at the dawn of building a united Ukraine, Patriarch Philaret began an uncompromising struggle to build an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which was to become the fundamental pillar of Ukrainian statehood. That is why Moscow cursed him, subjecting him to anathema, just as centuries ago she cursed the most prominent statesmen and luminaries of our nation.

The current Ukrainian authorities should be more grateful to His Holiness Patriarch Philaret for his titanic efforts to establish statehood and defend the spiritual independence of the Ukrainian people. We consider it contemptuous to ignore the figure of His Holiness Patriarch Philaret as a shameful transgression that humiliates, in his person, all national heroes. In addition, the unworthy and contemptuous treatment of the Hero of Ukraine damages Ukraine's image in the international arena.

We appeal to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, people's deputies and government representatives to end the slander, information blockade and harassment of a prominent world-class spiritual figure - Patriarch Philaret. We demand to give a fair legal assessment to the illegal raiding directed against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate.

His Holiness Patriarch Philaret is our spiritual leader, so we, the Orthodox citizens of the United States, will do our best to protect his authority from such acts of contempt.

On behalf of the Vicariate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate in the United States and Canada:

Archpriest Bohdan Zhoba, Secretary of the Vicariate of the UOC-KP in the United States and Canada;

Archpriest Alexei Kacharay, deacon of St. Nicholas Patriarchal Stauropean Cathedral in Philadelphia;

Archimandrite Pitirim, deacon of the UOC-KP in Chicago and Illinois;

Thomas Henny, Elder of the Patriarchal Cathedral of Philadelphia;

Susan Guz, President of the Theological Institute of Philadelphia;

Professor Alexander Kachur, head of the All-American Movement for the Kyiv Patriarchate;

Barbara Latsios, President of the UOC-KP Sisters in the United States and Canada;

Hryhoriy Zhoba, head of the UOC-KP youth organization in Boston


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