Visit of His All Holiness to Kiev
During its regular session, held on June 23-25, 2008, The Holy and Sacred Synod reviewed the invitations of His Beatitude Alexy, Patriarch of Moscow, requesting a Patriarchal Delegation to attend the festivities of the 1020th anniversary of the Christianization of the Kievan Rus and of His Excellency Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine, to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to personally lead the aforementioned festivities.
Having evaluated the invitations of the Church, Nation and the Ukrainian people, and in honoring their feelings, the Mother Church - as the one who originally guided the Ukrainian people into baptism - decided to respond to the aforementioned invitations through the sending of a Patriarchal Delegation under the personal leadership of His All Holiness.
At the Patriarchate, 2 July 2008
From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy Synod