The universal patriarch arrived to Ukraine

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The universal patriarch, the head of Constantinople orthodox church Varfolomey I arrived to Ukraine for participation in celebration 1020 - the anniversaries of a baptism of Kievan Rus'.

The ceremony of its meeting began at the Borispol airport (Kiev region), the president Victor Yushchenko takes part in it.

After grand welcome it is planned that Yushchenko and Varfolomey I will visit Kiyevo - Pechersky monastery, will assign flowers to monuments to the princess Olga, Kirill and Mefodiy, Andrew the First-Called, Sacred Vladimir.

Yushchenko and Varfolomey's I meeting with heads of delegations of foreign churches is planned also.

In the evening the service in the Sofiyevsky cathedral on the occasion of celebration in Ukraine 1020 - the anniversaries of the Christianization of Kievan Rus' with the assistance of Yushchenko and Varfolomey I, and also consecration of bells and the Imperial gate will take place.

We will remind that on July 16 the Ukrainian people's party asked Varfolomey I to promote association of the Ukrainian orthodox churches in uniform local Ukrainian church.

Representatives of 17 foreign churches intend to take part in celebration 1020 - the anniversaries of the Christianization of Kievan Rus' in Kiev in July 25-27.


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