Orthodox peoples today are subjected to special tests, but, nevertheless, should not lose hope. This was said by his Beatitude Patriarch of the Holy city of Jerusalem and all Palestine Theophilos III, during a meeting with Metropolitan of Zaporozhye and Melitopol Luke, which took place on 7 September 2018 in Jerusalem, the press service of the UOC.
The Patriarch sent a negative signal in relation to the intervention of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Ukrainian Church the process: “We pray for our brother, his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry and the long-suffering people of Ukraine. Globalization has as its main goal is the destruction of the Orthodox Church. The tentacles of globalization are trying to penetrate in the Church Body, to destroy it. It occurs worldwide, including in Ukraine. The intervention of politicians in the Affairs of the Church, one Church in the Affairs of another under the influence of politicians is a sign of this process.”
Also, Patriarch Theophilos called representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, hold firmly and strongly to help his Primate – his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry “Hold their Primate, not only to find solace in his prayers, but be his helpers and Somaliweyn, to imitate him in firmness of faith.”