Verkhovna Rada Chairperson Andrii Parubii congratulates Patriarch Filaret on 50 years on bishopric service at Kyiv cathedra

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Headline: Verkhovna Rada Chairperson Andrii Parubii congratulates Patriarch Filaret on 50 years on bishopric service at Kyiv cathedra

On May 21, 2016, Chairperson of the
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andrii Parubii met with Head of the Ukrainian
Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate / His Holiness, the Patriarch of Kyiv and
All Rus – Ukraine Filaret and congratulated him on 50 years on the bishopric
service at the Kyiv cathedra.

The Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada gave
His Holiness a bunch of white roses and a memorable gift on behalf of the
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

In response to the congratulations, His
Holiness said: “The Church has always been with the people. The Church was
not accidentally presence with the people on Maidan. When it was necessary we
called up the people for help.”

Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of
Ukraine Andrii Parubii told His Holiness, the Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus
that on May 20, the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council
discussed the issue of immediate introduction and legalization of the
institution of chaplains within the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Patriarch Filaret congratulated Andrii
Parubii on his election as the Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada and blessed
him as representative of the Ukrainian people in that office.

The Parties discussed sociopolitical
situation in the state, the situation in the antiterrorist operation zone, as
well as the important issues of church-state relations legislating.

His Holiness, the Patriarch of Kyiv and All
Rus – Ukraine Filaret gave Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andrii
Parubii memorable publication on the Kyiv Patriarchate.

Other
participants in the meeting were: press secretary of the Chairperson of the
Verkhovna Rada Andrii Kovaliov and public man Heorhii Dovhanchyn.

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