Archbishop Elpidophoros also said that while praying in the temple of the U.S. Episcopal "church", he felt a "special privilege" . . .
Meanwhile, the head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in the United States, Archbishop Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis), recently stated that "ecumenism lies at the very heart of what it means to be a Christian."
During a liturgy in an Episcopal "church" in the United States, Archbishop Elpidophoros noted “there is no gulf too wide or a bridge too far that he is not willing to traverse in order to pursue the love of Christ for each and every human being" for his leader, Patriarch Bartholomew.
According to Archbishop Elpidophoros, "His All-Holiness has engaged the Orthodox world, imploring that freedom and authentic witness be the standard for the exercise of our faith and that we not fall into nationalistic schemes and machinations."
“In 2016, at the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, held on the island of Crete, our Patriarch urged the assembled Council Fathers to choose dialogue rather than division – even in the face of nationalist interests that could interfere with the Council's deliberations,” said the Phanar spokesman in the USA.
Archbishop Elpidophoros claimed that "ecumenical commitment lies at the very heart of what it means to be a Christian."
He also said that while praying in the temple of the U.S. Episcopal "church", he felt a "special privilege" and "challenge."
“It's a privilege because genuine ecumenism takes nothing for granted. And it is also a challenge, because "Dialogue of Love" and "Dialogue of Truth" go hand in hand. And thus, there cannot be one without the other,” said the head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in the United States.
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