Patriarch of Serbia: Who helps schismatics is an enemy of Orthodox world

His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia

His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia said that the suffering Ukrainian Church is now desecrated by the sacrilege of schismatics.

This opinion was voiced by the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church on May 23 at the awards ceremony of the International Public Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Nations in the Hall of the Church Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, reports the website of the Patriarchate.

"Everyone knows the feat of hundreds of thousands of Serbs who fought to the death for holy Orthodoxy. Therefore, I think, it is not necessary to say a lot of words to explain how the Serbian Church sees everything that is happening in Ukraine today," Patriarch Irinej said. " Our response is the same as the response of our predecessors: the Serbian Church entirely supports the unity and integrity of the Russian Orthodox Church and decisively condemns actions of Uniates and schismatics who tear apart the robe of Christ at the place of Kievan Baptism betraying their people to enemies. Their end shall be according to their works (2 Corinthians 11:15)."

His Holiness expressed his attitude to the attempts of creating the Single Local Church in Ukraine.

"Everyone who helps Ukrainian schismatics is not only an enemy of the Russian Church and the Russian world, but also of all Orthodox Slavonic peoples and the whole Orthodox world," Patriarch Irinej said.

During his visit to Moscow to celebrate the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture, the spiritual leader of the Serbian Orthodox Church Primate Irinej was awarded for a special contribution to strengthening the unity of Orthodox peoples.

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