Ecumenical Patriarch: Our duty is to bring Ukraine and Skopje back to the truth and canonicity of the Church
The Ecumenical Patriarchate has the obligation and responsibility to return the peoples of Ukraine and Macedonia to the truth and canonicity of the Church. This was stated by Patriarch Bartholomew on his patron day June 11, during the Liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of St George on Phanar.
''The existence of a schism is not an argument in favor of leaving a whole nation outside the bounds of the Church’s truth and canonicity with a pure conscience, denying our responsibility before God and history, but is rather an incentive for finding salvific and unifying solutions...
..When the Mother Church explores the paths of salvation for our brothers from Ukraine and Skopje, it fulfills the apostolic duty. Our duty and responsibility is to bring these nations back to the truth and canonicity of the Church. Therefore, what the Ecumenical Patriarchate has, it has for the benefit of the whole world and offers it to all peoples without exception. Within this framework, inter-Christian dialogue is established, which carries out its work “in love and truth..'''