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Poroshenko to award Patriarch Filaret Hero of Ukraine title

There's still no decent rate to measure Filaret's contribution to the struggle for the united local church, reads the message on the President's Facebook page
23:58, 8 January 2019

Presidential Administration press office

President Petro Poroshenko decided to award Hero of Ukraine title to Patriarch Filaret, the recently retired ex-head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. This is mentioned on Poroshenko's Facebook. 

'There's still no decent rate to measure Patriarch Filaret's contribution to the struggle for the united local church. He was, still is and will be the spiritual leader of the Ukrainian church, the spiritual leader of the Ukrainian people', Poroshenko wrote.

Filaret (Mykhailo Denysenko) is the Honorary Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. He headed the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate from 1995 till the 2018 congregation, which sealed the creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. 

Related: Filaret hopes Orthodox Church of Ukraine will be recognized as patriarchy

In January 2014, Filaret refused to accept the First Class Order 'For Merits', as well as from the Order of St. John the Evangelist. The reason, he said, was the bloody struggle in the downtown Kyiv, as the first victims appeared during the Euromaidan in Ukraine. 'I ask not to hand me any awards,' he said then.

In December 2018, Filaret stepped down from his office, with Patriarch Epifaniy stepping up and chairing the newborn Orthodox Church of Ukraine. However, he still commands enormous respect of millions of Orthodox churchgoers in Ukraine.

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