Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol distances himself from the communiqué issued by the Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus concerning the issue of Ukraine.
In his statements at the Metropolitan radio station, Athanasios stressed that the issue of Ukraine is a big issue for the Orthodox believers and they should do what all Orthodox churches (including the Church of Cyprus) seem to propose, that is to say a Pan-Orthodox Synod of Orthodox Churches, for the Primates to hear, judge, and decide how to get out of this crisis.
Regarding the communiqué of the Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus that was issued on February 18, the Metropolitan of Limassol pointed out that he disagreed with the Holy Synod on this announcement, something that was recorded in the minutes of the Holy Synod, he did not sign it and, therefore, he cannot defend it. However, he respects and accepts it as a decision of the Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus.
Finally, Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol urged the Orthodox people to pray to overcome this crisis, “because in Ukraine the people of God suffers and is being tortured, and the church must offer them peace and tranquility.”
He actually noted that “fortunately” it is a matter of canonical order rather than faith, which means that it can be solved more easily.