Patriarch Filaret has been awarded the title Hero of Ukriane – the highest state honor. But even this title does not reflect the Bishop’s merit, his contribution to the strengthening of Ukraine’s sovereignty and the formation of our Church.
Without his hard work and love for Ukraine, the Tomos would still be an impossible dream. The Patriarch set an example of what it means to give up one’s own ambitions for the sake of faith and country.
There are few figures in our history on the level of Patriarch Filaret. His service to the state and its people has been recognized by millions of contemporaries and will be valued by future generations.
I wish the Patriarch many years of strength and achievements for the good of Ukraine!