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    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew wishes Ukrainians victory in struggle for freedom

    During his visit to Estonia on September 12-20 and was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the granting of the Tomos of autocephaly to the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew spoke with the Ukrainian faithful and wished them victory in the struggle for freedom.

    This is reported by Ukrinform.

    On September 14, the Patriarch celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Transfiguration Cathedral in Tallinn. The Ukrainian Orthodox community is led by Fr. Ivan (Khrystenko). In his speech to the faithful, the patriarch said many kind words about Ukraine and wished the Ukrainian people victory in the struggle for their freedom. Ukrainian Ambassador to Estonia Maksym Kononenko was also present at the service.

    We will remind that the Patriarch’s visit was dedicated to the centenary of the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church: on July 7, 1923, Ecumenical Patriarch Meletius IV together with the Holy Synod issued a Tomos on the autonomy of the EAOC. The Finnish Orthodox Church received a similar Tomos a day earlier.

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