Warsaw, April 21, 2021
The faithful should not be afraid to declare their Orthodox faith in the strongly Catholic Poland, the Orthodox primate exhorts his flock in a new statement published on the site of the Polish Orthodox Church.
Addressing the clergy and all the faithful concerning the ongoing 2021 national population and housing census, His Beatitude Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland notes that all Orthodox citizens of Poland are “faced with the decision to provide data on our spiritual life, that is, confession and membership in the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church.”
“I know that some of us may be hesitant, given the difficult times in this regard in the past,” His Beatitude notes.
There has long been an intolerant attitude toward the Orthodox population in Poland, which has always been a strongly Roman Catholic country. According to 2015 statistics, 92.8% of the population identifies as Catholics, while only 0.7% identifies as Orthodox.
“As the head of the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church, I turn to the clergy and faithful and earnestly appeal: Let us declare, in a clear and decisive manner, our adherence to the faith of our fathers and mothers—holy Orthodoxy,” the Metropolitan exhorts.
“Let us be brave, let us not be afraid, and let us show our faithfulness to the holy Orthodox Church. May God Almighty bless us in this important work,” the Polish primate concludes.
The Polish Council of Bishops also issued a statement in November, calling on their priests and monastics to be full of courage and zeal during the pandemic.