On September 23, 2008, His Excellency the President of Ukraine, Victor Yushchenko joined with various world leaders in addressing the United Nations General Assembly, in matters pertaining to not only Ukraine, but the challenges faced by a world whose very security is threatened by terrorism, and the recent political instability between sovereign Georgia and Russian Federation.
In the evening, President Yushchenko visited the Ukrainian Institute located in upper Manhattan to meet with Ukrainian community members. His Eminence Archbishop Antony and His Grace Bishop Daniel were invited by the Ukrainian Mission to the United Nations and the Ukrainian Consulate in New York to participate in this meeting. The were joined by Ukrainian Catholic bishops His Grace Paul, of the Diocese of Stamford, CT and His Grace Bishop Basil Losten, Bishop Emeritus of Stamford.
President Yushchenko acknowledged the presence of the Church in his opening remarks and informed the 100 invited guest of the progress being made by Ukraine in the field of language, noting the steady growth of Ukrainian as the official language of free and independent Ukraine. His Excellency noted Ukraine’s economic stability, the progress made in steps to normalize the life of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, which will lead to an independent local or “Pomisna” Church and his personal conviction that such normalization will be realized in the future. As a testimony of this, His Excellency noted the recent visit of His All Holiness, Bartholomew to Kiev for the 1020th anniversary of the Baptism of Ukraine and the optimistic tone set by the Patriarch’s visit. The President stated that much activity, which cannot yet be revealed, is currently taking place toward the goal of Orthodox unity in Ukraine.