Metropolitan Neophytos of Morphou, in his speech, talked about the issue of Ukraine, describing the war as a “necessary operation” to “purge the world”, since in our time there is “a lot of sin, a lot of disrespect and a lot of infidelity.”
He was “talking” to the Saint
In 1990, as Metropolitan Neophytos said, a year before the elder Iakovos Tsalikis “fell asleep in the Lord”, he went for a pilgrimage to the church of Agios Ioannis the Russian in Prokopi. There, he sat and “talked” with the Saint (prayed).
“A lot of sin, a lot of disrespect, and a lot of infidelity in the world,” St. John said to Father Iakovos, “for this, there must be a war.”
Then, as Neophytos narrated, the “sensitive and very compassionate” Iakovos said to him “no, my Saint, since I was a small child I was in wars and sufferings and if there is a sudden war, souls will be lost before they can repent”.
“There must be a war, there must be a war, there must be a war,” Saint Ioannis replied, as reported by tovima.gr.
“If there is no war,” Metropolitan of Morphou added, as Elder Iakovos told him, “the children of your children (that is, the grandchildren of the Neophytos generation) will not be normal children. They will be devil children. That is why God will prefer to do a purging”.
“Everything that is happening now,” said the Metropolitan of Morphou, closing his speech, “is a necessary operation.”