Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria expressed his optimism, but also his willingness to help with his own forces in resolving the difficulties created by the Ukrainian issue.
In a statement to the Sunday newspaper “To Vima tis Kyriakis”, the primate of the Second Orthodox Church declared: “I will help with all my strength to find a solution. The effort has just begun.”
The Patriarch’s statement came a few days after the commemoration of Epifaniy of Kiyv that surprised everyone and led to the cessation of his commemoration by the Moscow Patriarchate.
“My decision to recognize the Church of Ukraine came after a lot of prayer and meditation. And that was the will of the other Synodal Archpriests too. I had to show that I am a true Patriarch who understands the seriousness of the issues and is trying to find a solution. With the recognition we begin to solve the problem,” Patriarch Theodore noted in “To Vima”.
He also said that “I made my decision with respect to the Ecumenical Patriarch and the history of the Patriarchate. From this moment on I will help with all my strength and along with all the Churches to solve the problem and find a solution. The effort has just begun.”