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Patriarch Bartholomew tells Ukrainian PM that Constantinople will help build single Church in Ukraine

Moscow, March 16, 2017

Photo: uocofusa.org Photo: uocofusa.org

“We pray that the Ukrainian people would be united in one Church. The Mother Church of Constantinople will help you find such a united Church,” His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew told Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman during a meeting in the offices of the patriarchate in Constantinople on March 15.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Metropolitan Emanuel of France, Metropolitan Bartholomew of Smyrna, and Archbishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, reports the site of the Church in the USA.

Ukrainian politicians and non-canonical schismatic “Orthodox” clergy have appealed to the Ecumenical Patriarchate many times to involve himself in the canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate and declare the Ukrainian Church autocephalous, which he has thus far declined to do.

“We attribute great importance to our cooperation. Ukrainians aspire to a single Church, and your role is very important,” the prime minister said. “We have deep respect for Your Holiness and for your support in efforts leading to a unified Ukrainian Orthodoxy.”

His All-Holiness responded with thanks for the Ukrainians fidelity to the Church and expressed his willingness to help the Ukrainians achieve a united Church. “We can be optimistic about the future,” he added.

“I want to express our gratitude for the wisdom, blessings and love to Ukraine, for caring about Ukraine and for the prayers by which you support us in this difficult time.” Groysman said. In turn, Patriarch Bartholomew addressed himself to the Ukrainian people, whom he styled his spiritual children: “We greet the entire beloved Ukrainian nation from the headquarters of the Ecumenical Patriarchate not as foreigners but as beloved spiritual children of the Mother Church. Spiritual relations that unite the Mother church with Ukrainians never disappeared. We are close to you, especially when it is hard, we accompany you with our prayers and blessings We send our blessing, love and concern for every Ukrainian without exceptions.”

16 / 03 / 2017

2017-03-18
08:44
Jesse:
Allowing a comment to be published is not the same as "supporting" it.
2017-03-17
20:21
Roman:
I thought this was a religious news page. Why do you publish such chauvinistic comments as the one made by T.D.? If 45,000,000 people state they are a nation and back this up with their own blood shed in defense of this statement, who is T.D. to claim otherwise? And who are you to support this absurd claim?
2017-03-16
23:15
Anthony:
The Phanar is well and truly off his trolley. No wonder he's a CIA employee. There is one Church in the non-country otherwise known as ''Ukraine'' and that's the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - MP. The rest are all heresies. If they wish to repent and rejoin our Mother the Church, all fine and dandy, if not they will give an answer, well who made us their judge. They will give an answer.
2017-03-16
20:33
Thomas Johnson Hulbert:
I think I am going to be sick.
2017-03-16
19:54
T.D.:
Who does he think he is? This ukrainian nonsense is no more a ligitimate nation than " Manchukuo" (japanese occupied chinese land in ww2) was!
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