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Metropolitan Yurij met with Patriarch Bartholomew I and the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
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November 17, 2010 - Winnipeg, MB

His Eminence Metropolitan Yurij and Rt. Rev. Protopresbyter Victor Lakusta returned from a very successful trip to Istanbul Turkey to at the invitation of His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

They arrived on November 1st and stayed as guests at the Phanar. The following day Metropolitan Yurij and Fr. Victor went on a brief tour of some Christian sites in the surrounding area. Upon return to the Phanar, His Eminence was summoned for the ceremony of the changing of the titles. His All-Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew, read the proclamation declaring the new title of Metropolitan Yurij as ‘Archbishop of Winnipeg and the Central Eparchy, Metropolitan of Canada of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada’. Metropolitan Yurij, in return expressed his gratitude to His All-Holiness, conveying the love of the faithful of the UOCC for the Ecumenical Throne. Following this Metropolitan Yurij, along with the members of the Holy Synod, proceeded to the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George, where Metropolitan Yurij served a Moleben (in Ukrainian). Once again the Proclamation was read. His Eminence signed the document with the new title and then was greeted by the Metropolitans of the Holy Synod. After the completion of the ceremony, all gathered for a luncheon with the Patriarch, who presented His Eminence with a gift of the Archpastoral Crozier (Staff) and Fr. Victor received a Patriarchal Cross and book.

Following the luncheon, His Eminence and Fr. Victor met with the Committee of the Eparchies, which receives information about our church affairs. Matters of mutual concern were discussed and information shared on the state of our Church in Canada, the resolutions of our last two Sobors and the New By-Laws. The general state of Orthodoxy in Canada and throughout the world was discussed as well as the particular secular and ecclesiastical circumstances in Ukraine.

The next day His Eminence and Fr. Victor departed for Canada. Metropolitan Yurij expressed that the trip was very beneficial, stating that the UOCC is highly regarded at the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

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