Andry Parouby, Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament, was received by Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem
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Andry Parouby, Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament, was received by Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem. The meeting was part of the official visit of the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament to Israel. During their talks, Andry Parouby informed the patriarch of Jerusalem about the granting of autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church. According to the Greek news agency Romfea.gr, the patriarch of Jerusalem was cautious and very prudent in his words at the beginning of the meeting. For his part, Andry Parouby said: “For us, the issue of the granting of autocephaly is not only a religious issue. It is also a problem of national security and of unity of the Ukrainian people”. Patriarch Theophilos highlighted the fact that a distinction must be made between political leadership and moral behavior. As for the autocephaly, the Patriarch of Jerusalem stated the following: “Politicians view the issue in their own way, while spiritual leaders must rely on the wisdom and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Our duty is to help unity and not to create a dissociation between the State and the Church “. According to the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament, the Patriarch recognized the right of every Orthodox people to have their own local national Church, but for this to happen, according to him, dialogue is necessary, as well as mutual understanding between Orthodox in the Ukraine. Finally, it is worth mentioning that the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament is a Uniate.

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Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne was born and raised in France. She taught English before entering the Cistercian Order. She translated and published articles relevant to her interest in Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She moved to the United States in 2001, converted to Orthodoxy in 2008, and married. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. She continued to publish articles, a Cistercian texts anthology, then finally launched her career in literary translation, while teaching French. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

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