The head of the PCU Epiphany received the Athenagoras Human Rights Award for human rights protection.
Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine wrote to Facebook: "I received the Athenagoras Human Rights Award in New York today. I took it not as an award for me personally, but as a mark of success for the work of thousands and even millions of Ukrainian Orthodox believers in the Motherland and in the Diaspora, because The local Ukrainian Orthodox Church ... is the fruit of the work, feat, prayers and struggles of many generations of our people, hundreds of hierarchs, many thousands of priests and millions of believers. "
"It is a great honor for me to accept the award that bears the name of Patriarch Athenagoras, a prominent ecclesiastical and social figure of the twentieth century, who was a true minister of the unity and canonical order of Universal Orthodoxy. to serve God, the Church, and my entrusted congregation as Athinagor served. "
Epiphanius noted that many challenges will be faced by him as the leader and the CAC.