New Bishop of Olbia from the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Ukraine, Epiphanius, visited the Ecumenical Patriarchate on Tuesday, May 28. The Bishop was warmly welcomed by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
The Greek-born new hierarch, after having served many years in the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Church of Greece, paid his respect to the Ecumenical Patriarch and asked for his blessing for his recent election and ordination by the Holy Synod of the Church of Ukraine.
The Bishop of Olbia send a message of respect, gratitude and love, on behalf of Metropolitan Epiphanius of Kiev and all Ukraine and the Hierarchs, to the Mother Church of Constantinople.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew wished the Bishop Epiphanius to be a good shepherd for the benefit of the people of Ukraine and especially the Greek Orthodox.
It must be noted that the Bishop of Olbia is the first archieratical election and ordination since Mother Church of Constantinople granted the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine.