I congratulate all Ukrainians with the official Tomos on the autocephaly of the Holy Church of Ukraine. This is a great day. This is an event that will determine the history of our nation for many years to come.
It is very symbolic that we received the Tomos today, January 6 – Christmas Eve. This symbolism should inspire us to victory and successes.
I was born and grew up at a time when forced atheism was state ideology. When believing in God was “not prestigious” and not desirable, when churches were closed and monasteries were destroyed…
And today I pray to our Lord that he not forget Ukraine at the most difficult times, that he help us to withstand, to overcome all obstacles and to gain a great spiritual victory.
From my first day in politics, I have strived for Ukraine to have its own, independent, just church…
Our faith, brought to the Ukrainian land by Princess Olga and Volodymyr the Great, is more than a thousand years old…
Today we were given a new starting point. A point from which we start a new path to the great goal of building the kind of Ukraine that we have long deserved!
With all my heart, I express immense gratitude to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Patriarch Filaret for their work, determination and courage! These are people who have already become part of a great story!
May God help us all! May all be good! God, save Ukraine!