“John Glenn is, and always will be, Ohio’s ultimate hometown hero, and his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve,” said Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich.

By Bob Fredericks for the New York Post, Dec 8, 2016 

 

America’s original rocket man has passed on to the great beyond.

 

Astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, and later a U.S. senator, died Thursday afternoon surrounded by his family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after a brief illness. He was 95.​​

 

“John Glenn is, and always will be, Ohio’s ultimate hometown hero, and his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve,” said Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich.

 

“As we bow our heads and share our grief with his beloved wife, Annie, we must also turn to the skies, to salute his remarkable journeys and his long years of service to our state and nation.“

 

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 “At the time of the Holocaust, when he saw his friends and neighbors being taken away to imminent death, he began to do everything to rescue the sons and daughters of the Jewish people. For that he was killed in the concentration camp in Majdanek,” the UGCC patriarch said.

 

“Having declared the space of ‘the Russian language’ the sphere of his geopolitical interests, the Kremlin parasite has transformed Russian into a threat to the national security of the neighbors and at the same time forced Russian speakers to become doubtful about their own cultural identification.”

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< Father James Siemens is a Priest, Eparchy of the Holy Family of London (Ukrainian Greek Catholic)

 

“…I have visited many of the world’s great cities, from Mexico City to New York to Toronto, from Dublin to Paris to Rome and Berlin. Yet for all I have enjoyed these wonderful places and basked in the wealth of other people’s cultures, one place I have continually returned to is my former home of Montréal."

”Today, the churches of the Moscow Patriarchate perform funeral services for ATO fighters, and tomorrow they praise Patriarch Kirill. For that reason, Metropolitan Onufriy had to allow not to remember Patriarch Kirill during the liturgy,” Yelenskyy said.

 

“Eventually, Constantinople [the Ecumenical Patriarchate] will recognize the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church.”

 

 

During the joint press conference at the end of the meeting, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said: “We are delighted with the Ukrainian people. We love you and bless you as the Mother Church. I have been several times in Ukraine and hope to visit it again soon.”

 

With regard to Ukraine, he [Kirill] declared, “our Church will never leave in misfortune our brothers in Ukraine …We will never agree to a change in the holy canonical borders of our Church”

 

The requiem service was led by His Eminence Metropolitan Antony of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA with Bishop Paul Chomnycky and Bishop Emeritus Basil Losten of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, with the participation of the Dumka Chorus of New York, under the direction of Vasyl Hrechynsky.

 

Some 650 participants were engaged in the most high-profile discussion concerning church leadership, the role of the pastor and social work in the community.

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