I have not touched the religious topic on this blog yet. I was waiting for some interesting news, and this perhaps is it. Censor.net reports…
Patriarch Filaret awarded an order to the former deputy director of CIA Devine for [his] support for Ukrainian independence and the formation of the Local Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
His Holiness Patriarch of Kiev and All Rus-Ukraine, Filaret has met with the former deputy director of the CIA Jack Devine.
During their meeting, Jack Devine expressed his sincere delight at the level of support for the idea of Ukraine receiving a Tomos of Autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
He also remarked on the exceptional role of the Kievan Patriarch Filaret in his almost 30 years struggle for the formation of a Local Ukrainian Orthodox Church that is independent from Russia, and commended Filaret for defending the rights of Christians in front of the atheistic Soviet government.
Patriarch Filaret thanked Jack Devine for the help United States provides to Ukraine regarding the matters of Ukrainian independence and the formation of a Local Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Following the presentation of the President of the Council of the “Ukraine the 21st Century” Fund, Bohdan Hubsky and a member of the Council of the Fund, Pavlo Yaroshenko, the Head of the Kiev Patriarchate awarded Jack Devine with the order of St. Andrew the First Called.