Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/HOLY LAND – Patriarch Theophilos III to the Primates of the Orthodox Churches: “the unity of Orthodoxy is our daily prayer”
Jerusalem – “I pray daily remembering each of you, offering praise, thanksgiving and intercessions, and knowing that ‘his grace is sufficient for us, whose power is made perfect in our weakness’ “. Thus Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, confides in an open letter addressed to all the Patriarchs and Primates of the Orthodox Churches. The message, released at the beginning of the Orthodox Lent, represents a vibrant appeal to heal the wounds that have torn the communion of the Orthodox Churches in recent years. Misunderstandings and conflicts began with the non-participation of some Orthodox Churches in the Pan-Orthodox Council of Crete and then exploded with the conflict between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople regarding the canonical status of the Orthodox communities in Ukraine.