During his most recent visit to Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey on November 3-6, 2022 - His Eminence Archbishop Daniel paid a visit to the Consulate General of Ukraine in Istanbul.
Welcoming the hierarch of the UOC of the USA, Honorable Roman Nedilsky, Consul General of Ukraine in Istanbul stated: “…it is always a pleasure to welcome Your Eminence to the Consulate General, especially during this time of our common work and service among the people of Ukraine.”
Responding to the words of welcome, Archbishop Daniel offered words of gratitude to the chief diplomat of the Ukrainian diplomatic mission in Istanbul: “Dear Consul General, speaking on behalf of the clergy and faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, it is my privilege to express our common gratitude for your leadership and facilitation of the charitable humanitarian projects that both the UOC of the USA and the Consulate General sponsored since the beginning of the Russian invasion of our ancestral homeland Ukraine. With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, the Prime hierarch of the UOC of the USA, I am pleased to present you with the honorable award of the Church “For the Generosity and Service of the People of Ukraine.” This particular award is presented to you for your facilitation and organization of the summer camps for children of the Ukrainian wounded soldiers and refugees in Istanbul.”
Receiving the award of the UOC of the USA, Consul General Nedilsky thanked the hierarch of the Church for the recognition and vouched to further the common projects of the diplomatic mission and the UOC of the USA in the future weeks and months.
In conclusion of the meeting, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel witnessed a formal ceremony of civil marriage by the Sate of Ukraine of Subdeacon Andrii Vatrich and Anna Hirniak, who will receive the Holy Mystery of Matrimony in the near future.