Patriarch Bartholomew on US Shootings: “Spiritual Resistance against Hatred and Violence”

FILE - Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of world's Orthodox Christians. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

CONSTANTINOPLE – In a statement released Sunday, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expressed his revulsion and deep shock at the murderous shootings at El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, “which killed and injured many of our fellow citizens,” reads the statement.
Patriarch Bartholomew said he strongly condemns “all acts of hatred, be it racial, religious or social, but also any form of violence and fundamentalism, wherever they may come from.”

“Hate and violence,” he pointed out, “cause a great deal of pain and fear, and are sometimes the cause of further acts of violence in the form of revenge. In the face of this rising, dangerous and bloody phenomenon, every person of good will must display strong spiritual resistance.”

He called on everyone “to work, through dialogue and in a spirit of mutual respect, to preserve peaceful coexistence and cooperation, against practices that boost fear and divide society.”

“The Holy Church of Christ, in faith in the teaching of our Lord, is making strenuous efforts in this direction. The Church prays for the resting of the victims’ souls, and expresses its heartfelt condolences to their families, and wishes courage and speedy recovery to the injured. At the same time, it expresses its sympathy and support for the local community of El Paso as well as Dayton, the US government and people in the US,” said the Patriarchate.

The Ecumenical Patriarch asked the Archbishop of America Elpidoforos to convey the above message of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to local and national authorities and to the people of the United States at large.

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  1. Ecumenical Patriarch of the State department of the United States..who has demonstrated that for power and money..who will even divide the Orthodox Church in the Ukraine with an acknowledged Neo Nazi Oligark leader, installed by another Geoffrey Pyatt coup that incited a civil war in the Ukraine..and left ethnic Russians Ukrainians to separate from a Neo Nazi rule..who was then removed by the people!

    How about blessing those in Iraq, Syria, libya, Afganistan, lebanon, Somalia, Yemen..and Palestinians ..etc etc.the victims of Terrorism and Mass murder .by Saudi Arabia, U.S, Israel and Turkey to take over their countries!

    No one recognizes you ..or your associate EPI.. we go to church and maintain our faith in the Greek Orthodox Church… and worship our only leader and master ..Christ , which you have betrayed again for thirty pieces of silver from the Judaic Priest of Geoffrey Pyatt and Robert Menendez!

    Did you bless the Syrian Orthodox clergy, patriarchs and faithfull who have been terrorized and victims of Mass murder by the Sunni Muslim jihadist of Saudi Arabia and America ..which Tulsi Gabbard told a National Audience…and which the Patriarchs of Syria, lebanon, and Jerusalem..marched to Washington 4 years ago and demanded that Obama , Biden, and Hillary stop arming and supporting Jihadist terrorist ..which were burning their churches , committing mass murder of the Orthodox Clergy and faithful in Syria!

    NO! just another fraud!..

    1. Reported today( Aug 8 ‘19) in Ukrainian news sources:

      Hopefully some good news that the new Ukrainian is taking a stand against the “hatred and violence” that the Patriarch of Constantinople has sown in Ukraine.

      Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said at a meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in the Fener (Phanar) district of Istanbul he will defend the independence of the church.

      “Our common value is the life of a person. This is the most important thing for me, especially now after I became president of Ukraine. The authorities should not meddle in church affairs, and I will defend the independence of the church,” Zelensky said.

      Patriarch Bartholomew and Zelensky were supposed to sign a joint statement (reportedly dealing with environmental issues) but without explanation, Zelensky refused to sign the document prepared by Fener in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry.

      The media-savvy Ukrainian President obviously did not want to play “let’s pretend Bartholomew is a head of State” and left the pretender bereft of his coveted photo-op.

    2. By not affixing his signature to a seemingly innocuous document (albeit with Bartholomew’s sticky fingerprints on it), it appears that President Zelensky is sending a message to His All-Holiness that THIS Ukrainian President is not signing anything tied to the EP that might be used to argue for the legality of the secret deal (transfer of Ukrainian state properties) signed by loser-Poroshenko.

    3. In other words, the charade of a Ukrainian head of state signing deals (the transfer of state properties!) with a foreign agent to pay for Church interference is over.

      I hope you enjoyed those chocolates your All-Holiness because that’s all you’re getting for the Thermos!

    4. Union of Orthodox Journalists teported today:

      For Ukrainian President Zelensky to sign any agreement meant that he would have signed for Poroshenko’s actions and would have taken on all the burden of these obligations and abuses.

      Zelensky did not follow this path so Patriarch Bartholomew had to pretend he was not claiming anything.

      The only thing Zelensky said publicly after this meeting with Fener is that he would protect the independent Churches, i.e. he does not intend to intervene in these squabbles.

      In this situation there was nothing else for Bartholomew but to pretend that he also takes such a neutral and restrained position.

      Instead of the monasteries (that would have been taken by from the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church by force!) and cathedrals and UOC-KP parishes outside of Ukraine that Fener was promised by loser-Poroshenko in exchange for the Thermos, Fener got Ukrainian chocolates – which he foolishly gave away perhaps banking on a Golden Ticket’s worth of a lifetime supply of chocolate.

      Sorry, Your All-Holiness, Poroshenko is no Willy Wonka.

  2. Michael. Well stated! Agree 100% with what you have written from someone here from the Greek Cathedral in London. Bart needs to be anathematized.

  3. Loan and Nicholas ..this is just the tip of the iceberg as to an international club of Secret Societies of Billinaire degenerates that have covered their bases in hijacking of the governments , media , justice, military ..and even our religious institutions..to represent their interests to monopolize the world !
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    Today, I exposed these Secret Society ..in TNH Article titled as . COMPLiCATED ACT BY A FRAUDULENT AND SELF APOINTED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE GREEK COMMUNITY , AND WHO I CALL THE AHEPA MASONS..WHO AGAIN ,,,FOR THE GLORY OF AMERICA ..WHO ARE ASSISTING THE SAME KIND OF PEOPLE ..FEATURED BY PORCHENKO ..NEO NAZIS ..TO STEEL THE ECONOMIC , POLITICAL , AND MILITARY SOVEREINGTY OF THE GREEK CYPRIOTS, AND DRAG THEM INTO HOSTILE RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA AND ANY OTHER INVENTED ENEMY OF AMERICA AND THE GREEK SECRET SOCIETIES OF AMERICA!

    iMPORTANTLY, THEY HAVE BLATANTLY TAKEN DOWN MY POST..OBVIOUSLY , AT THE BEHEST OF THEIR SECRET SOCIETY SPONSORS!

    i RECOMMEND YOU READ WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THIS EAST MED ACT ..WHICH DOES NOT BENEFIT GREEK CYPRIOTS ON U.S AND ISRAEL RIGHT WING LUNATICS!

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