UKRAINIAN AUTOCEPHALOUS ORTHODOX CHURCH
OF NORTH & SOUTH AMERICA
Letter of Congratulations to New President of Ukraine
December 28, 2004
His Excellency, Viktor Yushchenko
President of Ukraine
252008 Kiev Ukraine
Vul. Bankova, 11
Dear President Yushchenko:
The priests, religious, faithful and Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of North and South America - Sobornopravna (UAOC-S) extends its warm regards on this momentous occasion for you, the Orange patriots and our ancestral Motherland. Congratulations on your election, the leadership shown and your vision for a free, strong, independent Ukraine.
As you may know the UAOC-S was very active in the Diaspora utilizing its media and government relations resources to press Western officials and radio, newspaper and television outlets to carefully monitor events in Ukraine. We will continue to be very active on Ukraine's behalf as your presidential administration begins the difficult process of reforming a corrupt political system hindered by an inefficient economic system.
Diaspora Ukrainians have longed for the day when their ancestral Motherland would embrace the warmth of liberty while stepping away from foreign shadows to nurture its national consciousness. You and the Orange patriots have written a new chapter in the nation's future. Just as important, writers, scholars and journalists in the West that often wrote through a Russian influenced perspective must now reassess the meaning of Ukrainianism and be more objective regarding the nation's long, rich and distinct history.
If there is anything that the UAOC-S may do as you assume office and during your presidency, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please know that you, your family and your entire cabinet will be in our prayers and remembrances at the Divine Liturgy.
We greet also at this holy time of the Nativity of Our Lord. May the celebrations of the holydays and the New Year bring you God's choicest blessings and the realization of the desires of your heart.
METROPOLITAN STEPHAN F. PETROVICH, DD., STD.
Archbishop of Toronto
Eparch of all Canada
Primate & Major-Archbishop
+Metropolitan Michael J. Champion
METROPOLITAN MICHAEL JAVCHAK CHAMPION, DD., MA Th.
Archbishop-Metropolitan of the United States & the Americas
Coadjutor to the Primate
BISHOP DANYLO SMITH
Episcopal Vicar for Western Europe
+Bishop Paul Peter
BISHOP PAUL PETER JESEP
Vicar General for Government Relations &
Episcopal Vicar for Colombia and Venezuela
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