Ecumenical Patriarch: No problem can be solved by war

His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew spoke again about the war in Ukraine by welcoming, today, Thursday April 7, 2022, a large group of students from the 1st and 4th Lyceum of Lamia, who were accompanied by His Eminence the Metropolitan Symeon of Fthiotida, as well as the directors and teachers of their classes.

“No problem is solved by war. War does not solve problems, I always say that; war adds new problems,” said His All Holiness, who expressed the view that if the path of dialogue had been chosen, “they would certainly have found a solution.”

Elsewhere in his speech, he noted:

“The Russians, in the most diabolical way, invaded Ukraine. They may have had fears for the future, for NATO, but there was no specific threat or intervention of Ukraine to push the President of the Russian Federation to take up arms and attack civilians, innocents and children, and destroy schools, hospitals, theaters, churches.”

Referring to the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to grant, in 2018, the status of autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, he reiterated that it was the right of Ukrainians to receive it, as well as the right of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of grant it. , as it has already done by granting a similar status to other local Churches, including that of Russia.

“Now some want to say that because of this headache the war broke out. As if it were possible! They are looking for an excuse to justify the unjustifiable.

“We are truly sorry for the attitude of His Beatitude Patriarch Cyril of Russia. He shouldn’t have identified so much with President Putin and even called Russia’s war against Ukraine ‘sacred’.

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