Metropolitan Pavlos of Odessa of the Autocephalous Church of Ukraine was very impressed after his returning from Mount Athos, where he paid a visit, accompanied by 7 priests of the Metropolitan of Odessa.
The Ukrainian delegation visited 16 Monasteries while in two of them they co-officiated with the Brotherhood.
“Nobody shut the door upon us! All the rumors were inaccurate and propaganda,” said f. Valerios, priest of the Holy Metropolis.
Regarding the visit to Saint Panteleimon Monastery, they stated that they were let to get in the Monastery, stressing that they did not have the opportunity to worship the relics of Saint Panteleimon because they had been removed in the morning.”
Both the Metropolitan and the clergy were excited about their pilgrimage, while they underlined that after so many years of isolation, they would make other trips to other local Churches.