Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Metropolitan Epifaniy started his visit to the United States on October 18. He announced this on his Facebook page.
“The official events in the USA began with a meeting with Volodymyr Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, and Oleksiy Golubov, Consul General of Ukraine in New York. Ukrainian diplomats congratulated the Orthodox Church of Ukraine on the decision of the Greek Church Council of Hierarchs. It recognized our autocephaly and the beginning of the Eucharistic unity between the two Churches," the Metropolitan informed.
According to the head of the OCU, he discussed with Ukrainian diplomats the current challenges for the Ukrainian Church, in particular, attempts of Russia to intervene in the process of its formation.
The metropolitan noted that representatives of Ukrainian diplomacy promised to provide comprehensive assistance to the initiatives of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine at the international level.
As part of his visit to New York, Epifaniy and his delegation visited a memorial complex and a museum dedicated to the victims of the September 11, 2001 tragedy, including 12 Ukrainians.
The metropolitan also examined the construction of the St. Nicholas Church of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is located on the territory of the World Trade Center in Manhattan.
Earlier Greek Orthodox Church recognized autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. This decision was made at an extraordinary council of the Greek Church hierarchs. This was stated by the Primate of the OCU, Metropolitan Epifaniy on his Facebook page.
The metropolitan noted that Greece and Ukraine are united by “many pages of history, friendship and cooperation.”
“I am grateful to my brother in Christ, the Head of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, His Beatitude Archbishop of Athens and all Hellas Ieronymos. Ad thanks to the bishop-brothers, who supported the position today at the meeting of the Council of Hierarchs and followed the canonical and historical decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which opens up the possibility of full interaction between our two local autocephalous churches in all areas," Metropolitan wrote.
Epifaniy added that "the establishment of complete Eucharistic unity and official relations between the local churches of Greece and Ukraine is another page that will be forever inscribed in our history and our hearts."