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A group of clergymen and laymen headed by Bishop Viktor of Artsiz from the Odessa and Izmail diocese made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to venerate the ancient holy sites of Palestine and Jerusalem. The pilgrimage was blessed by their ruling hierarch Metropolitan Agafangel.

On 22 January 2019, the believers from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) were received by Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem at his residence, the UOC Information and Educational Department report with reference to the press service of the Odessa diocese.

Talking with the pilgrims His Holiness Patriarch Theophilos said that he prays for peace in Ukraine and conveyed his primatial blessing to the faithful children of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.