Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of “the most serious consequences” over splits in the Orthodox Church after the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople earlier this month announced the decision to proceed to recognize Ukraine’s request for an autocephalous church.
The October 11 announcement by Bartholomew, who is considered the leader of the 300-million-strong worldwide Orthodox community, came amid a deepening dispute over the Ukrainian church’s bid to break away from Russia’s orbit.
It also prompted the Russian Orthodox Church to announce four days later that it was ending its relationship with the Ecumenical Patriarchate in protest.
“I want to stress one thing: Political maneuvering in this sensitive area will always lead to the most serious of consequences, especially for those who do it,” Putin said, in his first public comments following the Russian Orthodox Church cutting ties with the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
“Our common duty, above all for the people, is to preserve spiritual and historical unity,” Putin said at a forum gathering representatives of the Russian diaspora in Moscow on October 31.
The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople’s move has also added to tensions between Kyiv and Moscow, already high since Russia’s 2014 seizure of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Moscow-backed separatists.
Based on reporting by AP, Interfax, and TASS
Sister Lucia’s single-page letter of the “Third Secret” covers three topics—
1. A Physical chastisement of nations
2. A spiritual chastisement
3. The central function of Russia in the two which in fact, the physical and spiritual chastisements are to be girded on a fateful timetable in which Russia is the ratchet.
Fatima : 1996 Fr Malachi Martin interview Third Secret involves Russia and Ukraine, among other things. In his book, The Last Prophet, Malachi Martin wrote that “The Salvation for the world, will start in Russia.” Malachi Martin was convinced that the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
“Russia´s role in the Vision of Fatima is very important because if we´re to believe the Vision of Fatima, salvation for the world, the cure for the world ills, will start in the Ukraine and in Russia, and that was why the Virgin in the Fatima vision of 1917 was supposed to have spoken actively about Russia and that Russia first of all has to be cured of her errors and then she will help the entire world to get better and to cure itself of its sins. It´s a very bizarre message in that sense because one would have said that salvation was going to come from the West as we always think because we are Westerners, but no, according to the message of Fatima, salvation will come from the East, and particularly, from Ukraine and from the State of Russia itself, which is extraordinary.”