Source: Union of Orthodox Journalists
August 26, 2019
In view of the future visit of Patriarch Bartholomew to Athos, Metropolitan Luke (Kovalenko) of Zaporozhye addressed an open letter to the monks of the Holy Mountain.
The letter of His Eminence is addressed to the Athonite brethren in connection with a future visit to Athos by the head of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, Patriarch Bartholomew.
The hierarch emphasized that "today God attends us by sending trials in which we must show the invincible fortitude of our faith and adamant observance of the holy canons of our Mother Church."
Metropolitan Luke reminded the monks of Athos that “so-called 'patriarch' Bartholomew defiled his heart and his hands with the betrayal of God and the violation of His Holy Commandments. As a result of the action of this person, our holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church is being covered with blood and tears. Priests and parishioners are beaten, churches are seized, we are defamed and slandered by the media.”
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