His Grace Bishop Bartholomew of Charioupolis, the Archiepiscopal Vicar of Canberra overseeing Tasmania visited the Association of Ukrainians in Hobart, Tasmania.
The aim of the visit was to provide moral support and offer assistance on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and its Primate, His Eminence Archbishop Makarios.
His Grace was accompanied by Reverend Father Dimitrios Katsis, the Parish Priest of the Greek Orthodox Parish of Holy Trinity in Hobart.
His Grace presented an icon of Christ to the President of the Ukrainian Association Tania Tkachuk, with the prayer that God grants peace to the beautiful country of Ukraine.
Furthermore, His Grace emphasised that the Ecumenical Patriarchate and its Patriarch, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has a love for Ukraine and this was depicted with the granting of the Tomos of Autocephaly approximately three years ago, and with the commencement of the war where His All-Holiness from the first day condemned the act of war from Russia describing the war as “unjust and unholy”.
In addition, His Grace also expressed the support of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and its Primate towards all Ukrainians of Australia. His Grace Bishop Bartholomew emphasised that upon the instruction of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios, the Archdiocese has offered 30 scholarships to children of Ukrainian immigrants and that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia will not “turn its back” on the people of Ukraine.
His Grace wished the children a blessed Christmas and offered his prayers for a peaceful resolution.
The President of the Association of Ukrainians in Tasmania thanked His Grace Bishop Bartholomew of Charioupolis for his visit, his love and support, and presented His Grace with a book titled “With Ukrainian Greetings, A history of the Ukrainian community in Tasmania”.