The Catholic pope Bergoglio and the Russian Orthodox patriarch Kirill
met in 2016 and issued a joint statement to the world. Both evil men call for Christian anarchy, say they foresee epochal change and world war. The full
text is at this link and also end of this article:
In paragraph 18 of the Joint Declaration, Bergoglio and Kirill call upon the strong Christian youth to rise up and make nothing out of those in the world who are something. Bergoglio and Kirill are among the 'somethings' in the world, and do not include themselves as targets for take down by the "foolish" Christian youth. Does making "nothing" of people who are "something" in the world include death to them?
In paragraph 7 of the Joint Declaration, Bergoglio and Kirill state that "human civilization has entered a period of epochal change". They do not state what that epochal change is. I assume it is Vatican-led New World Order vision that is the epochal change, and that vision shall not be established (Daniel 11:14).
In paragraph 11 of the Joint Declaration, Bergoglio and Kirill say, "Pray ... that [God does] not permit a new world war".
1. Bergoglio and Kirill want Orthodox and Catholic Christians to explain to the world why they have faith in their Christian faith (par. 3). Glib advice to their flocks, the many suckered pew sitters who turn over their wealth to make religious leaders very wealthy and insult God who they claim to worship by kneeling at altars established by Jew Pharisees, where the Son of God gave no altar to Gentiles (Hebrews 13:10, John 4:20-24). The Christian religious leaders sell souls for money (Rev. 18:13, Romans 15:27).
2. Bergoglio and Kirill acknowledge that between Orthodox Christians and Catholic Christians, they act contrary to the prayer of the Son of God, citing John 17:21, because Orthodox and Catholic are not one with each other. In Croatia during world war two, Catholic Croatia leader Pavelic, with full support of the Vatican and her agents, slaughtered over a million Orthodox Christians and other non-Catholics with the goal of making Croatia an all-Catholic nation.
"... despite the priestly prayer of Christ the Saviour [that we be in unity]" - it just is not happening, say Bergoglio and Kirill (par. 5). Who can make that happen but the religious leaders, but they blame God for not making it happen. Bergoglio and Kirill mock the Son of God saying such unity will never happen (par. 6), where the Son of God says there will be such unity. Christianity is not of God, so there is no unity among the differing Christian sects, they being the woman (Catholic church) and the harlots (non-Catholic Christian churches, Rev. 17:5).
It was the prayer of our savior that we be in unity, but there are pemanent obstacles to unity, say Bergoglio and Kirill (par. 6); and while adamantly so stating, they also pray to God that he allows unity between them. What fools.
There is no unity and will be no unity because the Orthodox church and the Catholic church are thieving institutions unceasingly vying for the wealth of people and to have power over them, as are all Christian churches; and the Catholic doctrine and the Orthodox doctrine are not amenable to each other.
The evil Bergoglio and evil Kirill mock the Son of God saying, no way will there ever be fulfillment of John 17:21 between the Catholic and Orthodox christian churches (par. 6), while also saying that they pray to God that he makes them have unity:
"Mindful of the permanence of many obstacles, it is our hope that our meeting may contribute to the re-establishment of this unity willed by God ...." (par. 6).
Bergoglio and Kirill acknowledge in par. 5 that there has never been unity between two said churches, yet in par. 6, they state "re-establishment of this unity". Double speaking liars. They admit there never was unity, therefore there can be no re-establishment of that which never was established - unity.
3. "In a world that yearns not only for our words but also tangible gestures", (par. 7). The world is not of God and a good portion of the world does love Christianity. Nation leaders and other worldly people love Christianity. This world is of Satan and this world hates the Son of God and hates his servants. And this world of Satan does embrace Christianity because Christianity is of Satan, not God, being founded on the doctrine of the man, Pharisee Paul, not founded on the word of the Son of God, who, for example, does not give any altar to the Gentiles (John 4:20-24), but the man Paul does (Hebrews 13:10). Take away the church altars from the Gentiles? Never would the so-called godly Christians give up their man-given altars. The Son of God destroys the altars of Christianity and removes all other offensive things from the earth (Matthew 13:41).
4. "Human civilization has entered into a period of epochal change", (par. 7), but the epoch change is not stated by Bergoglio and Kirill. The epoch change on the horizon is the Vatican-led NWO, a hoped-for epoch change from the Vatican's perspective, but the Vatican shall fail to establish its NWO vision:
Daniel 11:14 At that time many shall come against the king of the south [USA]; also the robbers of your people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision [Vatican robbers of God's Jewish people, their vision is called the New World Order] but they shall fall
5. In paragraph 11, Bergoglio and Kirill say, "Pray ... that [God does] not permit a new world war".
Freemason doctrine comes out of the Pharisees' Roman Catholic church and so far Vatican and the USA leaders in her control, and leaders of other nations in league with the Vatican, are on track with Freemason third war, Christianity v Islam. Already have dispersed, and continuing to do so, many Islamic adherents among Christian Europe, and Christian USA, through mass immigration. Begin the rub by putting them face to face in the lands of Christendom; and Bergoglio and Kirill instruct their faitthful to make secular norms Christian norms (par. 22).
6. In paragraph 13, Bergoglio and Kirill state differing Christian religions must respect each other. There is no respect from the Vatican to any Christian religion where the Vatican's doctrine is that there is no salvation outside of the Catholic church; that the reigning Catholic pope has right to temporal rule over the entire world; and that the pope is the one and only Vicar of Christ on earth.
7. In paragraph 16, Bergoglio and Kirill state that Europe must remain faithful to its Christian roots. And what would Vatican do if Europe turned away from its alleged Christian roots? Paragraph 16 is a call for Christian Europeans to war against those in their society that are against Christianity. That is how the Vatican will start the Christian v. Islam war at the grass root level: first having laid the ground work to get Muslims in great numbers onto Christian European territory by USA/Nato instigated Middle East wars, including Syria, and now calling for European Christians to stand up for their Christian doctrine and not allow the "Christian roots" of Europe to dry up and fade away as Muslims are now in their face, in great numbers, practicing non-Christian religion, Islam.
8. In paragraph 18, Bergoglio and Kirill call upon the "foolish of the world" to "reduce to nothing" those people who are "something" in the world. Of course, Bergoglio and Kirill do not include themselves as among the 'somethings' in the world that need to be taken down; that "something" does not include reducing to nothing Bergoglio and Kirill, two big shot "somethings' in the world:
"We Christians cannot forget that "God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, that no human being might boast before God" (1 Cor. 1:27-29)."
That is a call for war, not peace. A call for all who consider themselves the Christian downtrodden of this world to rise up and take down all who are 'something' in this world. Bergoglio and Kirill are two evil men, and like Pharisees, they call upon God's name but worship him in vain because they have their own commands which they claim are God's commands:
Matthew 10:16 Be harmless as doves and wise as serpents
The Son of God does not command his believers to kill anyone who rejects the word of the Son. The Son of God does not say his own are to 'reduce to nothing' those who are 'something' in this world. Kill anyone to achieve other ends are also forbidden, except as to defending oneself and loved ones from those who would seek to kill or maim them. In Daniel 11:32, it states those who know their God shall be strong and do exploits, and exploits means heroic acts in times of war.
9. In paragraph 19, Bergoglio and Kirill, as with Jew Pharisee Paul, demand Gentile men be restricted to one wife. And while claiming it is a path to holiness to be one man-one wife, in Luke he states any one who gets married will never be resurrected from the dead. So much for Christianity's lying claim that any of their bibles is all of God's word:
Luke 20:35 but they who are counted worthy to obtain that world and the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage
Really, Christians, you believe the Son of God said all people who marry are never resurrected from the dead, they stay dead forever? And if you do not believe the foregoing, then you must call Luke a liar; and calling Luke a liar, you must then say that no Christian bible is all of God's word because every Christian bible has Luke's lies in it! And being that Luke speaks lies, who else is speaking lies in the Christian bibles, and as to Paul he readily admits he speaks lies:
Romans 3:7 If the truth of God is being spread by my lie, why am I judged a sinner
10. In paragraph 19, Bergoglio and Kirill state that they regret that alternative co-habitation has been permitted, taking the place of one man-one wife. The snake Bergoglio is just setting up gay people for the fall, because in the end, he wants his traditional family Catholic believers to rise up against all who would co-habitate in a manner that is not one man-one wife, including gays:
"We regret that other forms of cohabitation have been placed on the same level as this union, while the concept, consecrated in the biblical tradition, of paternity and maternity, as the distinct vocation of a man and woman in marriage is being banished from the public conscience."
11. In paragraph 22, Bergoglio and Kirill call upon young people to not be afraid of "going against the current", defending God's truth in order to make secular norms become Christian norms.
12. In paragraph 24, Bergoglio and Kirill tell their flocks not to inter-proselytize. That is, do not fight against Christians of other faiths, do not try to change a Catholic Christian into an Orthodox Christian. The Christian leaders need all the efforts of their young and strong flock against non-Christians.
Bergoglio and Kirill were lying to each other in pledging not to incite any Christian believer to pass from one church to another and urging their flocks to do likewise (p. 24).
13. In paragraph 28, swelled heads Bergoglio and Kirill say the future of humanity depends on them giving witness to the truth and they state "the spiritual pillars of human existence are progressively disappearing". "Spiritual pillars" is in reference to the Catholic church and the Orthodox church.
Bergoglio and Kirill are evil clowns, they make no sense at times in their Joint Declaration, but then Christianity is founded on something that is a lie, makes no sense:
Romans 3:7 If the truth of God is being spread by my lie, why am I judged a sinner
Romans 2:16 The secrets of men shall be judged in the last day according to [my lie] my gospel
Anti-Christ Paul, the evil ones run to Paul - their free will:
Isaiah 66:17 They that sanctify themselves and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh ....
Paul is likened to a tree. It was a tree that Satan said, go eat of it. God said not to eat of it. The Son of God came speaking his word and said all who hear his word and reject same shall be judged by his word (John 12:48). Along comes a tree saying, my lie spreads God's truth, come eat of my lie. Be purified and sanctified by God by believing on my lie, says anti-Christ and false apostle Jew Pharisee Paul (Rev. 2:2, 2 Timothy 1:15):
1 John 2:18 You have heard that the anti-Christ shall come and now there are many anti-Christs
Is the Son of God likened to a tree?
John 15:1 I am the true vine ...
John 15:5 I am the vine and you are the branches
Vine, tree the meaning is the same in the context of John and Isaiah. The Son of God is the tree in the midst of the world and his word purifies those who hear and obey his word (John 15:3). The Son of God says those who are of him are as branches, where the Son of God is likened unto a vine.
There is another vine in the midst of the world and his word does not purify those who hear and obey his word, but many in the world believe otherwise (Isaiah 66:17):
Matthew 7:22-23 Many shall say to me in that day, but Lord, Lord, we did many wonderful works in your name ... And I will tell them, I never knew you. Depart from me, workers of lawlessness
Branch of two trees? Every branch is of one tree. There is never an incident where two trees share a branch, that is where a branch is a growth of two trees. I do not know you, says the Son of God, to the Christian Paul converts. They were a branch not of the vine Son of God, but a branch of swine Paul. It is the word of a pig that they believed in, Isaiah likening Pharisee Paul to a pig and it Swine Paul's flesh (where flesh means words) that they do eat up and believe on. The Son of God likens evildoers (those who would never give up doing evil, John 3:19) to swine and dogs (Matthew 7:6, Rev. 22:15).
Why the dead man Pharisee Paul instead of the Son of God? Just an age old thing beginning with Cain. Cain saw through Abel, and by what God said to him, that to worship God the way God wants to be worshiped, get a livestock and offer it to God. But Cain refused to honor God and killed the man who did honor God. And so it is Cain is the first Pharisee, and even after murdering Abel, Cain insists God should stay with him:
Genesis 4:14 From this day you have driven me out from the face of the earth, and I shall be hid from your face ....
Cain complained to God that God would no more be with him. That is how grossly evil Pharisees are, and all who convert to Pharisee doctrine are as grossly evil, even more so (Matthew 23:15). Cain wants nothing to do with God but to have him as a thing to rule over. No love for 'the thing God', just a presence to make them feel good about themselves. Cain was all about Cain, not about loving God, wanting to know and follow what God commands,, and so it is with all those whom the Son of God calls the children of Hell, which are Pharisees, Sadducees and those who convert to doctrine of them (Matthew 23:15, Acts 23:6).
The Son of God says that judgment comes upon the Pharisees for all the righteous blood shed on earth, including Abel's righteous blood (Matthew 23:35). How can Pharisees be responsible for Abel's death when it was Cain who killed Abel, except that Cain is the first Pharisee? And so it is with children of Hell Pharisees and their converts, they claim to be of God and want him around as a 'thing' to dictate to, putting themselves equal to or above God by writing their own commands and claiming they are commands of God:
Matthew 15:8-9 ... these people worship me in vain because they teach for doctrine the commandments of men
The first Pharisee, Cain, had thought up his own commands regarding worship of God. When he found out his own commands were wrong, through God having told him he was wrong, instead of doing the commands of God, Cain kills the man, Abel, who does do the commands of God. And then Cain the first Pharisee expects God not to go away from him - stick around, 'thing God', and let Cain the murderer be your master. Cain will write the doctrine of how one should worship God. Offer a livestock as sacrifice, as righteous Abel did, no would say Cain, offer the bounty of your agricultural harvest. Cain wipes off the face of the earth the man that loves God (and whom God loves), and then complains to God that God hides his face from Cain. Pharisees continue to wipe off the face of the earth those who God loves, until God destroys them (Matthew 23:30-35, Rev. 18:24).
And so it is with Christianity, they want their own way of worship given to them by the man Paul, a Pharisee, instead of how the Son of God says he and the Father are to be worshiped.
The Christians mock the Jews for having followed after idols, and yet the Christian Paul converts are all children of Hell followers of Cain-types, following worship given to them by the man Pharisee Paul and his fellow Pharisees. All Christian sects have a commonality, which is belief that Pharisee Paul is an apostle of the Son of God, and having that belief, hide behind the tree in the midst to eat the word of pig Paul, be a branch of tree Pharisee Pig Paul (Isaiah 66:17, Matthew 7:22-23). The Catholic church is owned by the Jew Pharisees and is the woman that rides the Beast, and the non-Catholic Christian churches are the harlots (Rev. 17:5, 17:7).
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Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13).
1. By God the Father’s will, from which all gifts come, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the help of the Holy Spirit Consolator, we, Pope Francis and Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, have met today in Havana. We give thanks to God, glorified in the Trinity, for this meeting, the first in history.
It is with joy that we have met like brothers in the Christian faith who encounter one another “to speak face to face” (2 Jn 12), from heart to heart, to discuss the mutual relations between the Churches, the crucial problems of our faithful, and the outlook for the progress of human civilization.
2. Our fraternal meeting has taken place in Cuba, at the crossroads of North and South, East and West. It is from this island, the symbol of the hopes of the “New World” and the dramatic events of the history of the twentieth century, that we address our words to all the peoples of Latin America and of the other continents.
It is a source of joy that the Christian faith is growing here in a dynamic way. The powerful religious potential of Latin America, its centuries–old Christian tradition, grounded in the personal experience of millions of people, are the pledge of a great future for this region.
3. By meeting far from the longstanding disputes of the “Old World”, we experience with a particular sense of urgency the need for the shared labour of Catholics and Orthodox, who are called, with gentleness and respect, to give an explanation to the world of the hope in us (cf. 1 Pet 3:15).
4. We thank God for the gifts received from the coming into the world of His only Son. We share the same spiritual Tradition of the first millennium of Christianity. The witnesses of this Tradition are the Most Holy Mother of God, the Virgin Mary, and the saints we venerate. Among them are innumerable martyrs who have given witness to their faithfulness to Christ and have become the “seed of Christians”.
5. Notwithstanding this shared Tradition of the first ten centuries, for nearly one thousand years Catholics and Orthodox have been deprived of communion in the Eucharist. We have been divided by wounds caused by old and recent conflicts, by differences inherited from our ancestors, in the understanding and expression of our faith in God, one in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are pained by the loss of unity, the outcome of human weakness and of sin, which has occurred despite the priestly prayer of Christ the Saviour: “So that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you … so that they may be one, as we are one” (Jn 17:21).
6. Mindful of the permanence of many obstacles, it is our hope that our meeting may contribute to the re–establishment of this unity willed by God, for which Christ prayed. May our meeting inspire Christians throughout the world to pray to the Lord with renewed fervour for the full unity of all His disciples. In a world which yearns not only for our words but also for tangible gestures, may this meeting be a sign of hope for all people of goodwill!
7. In our determination to undertake all that is necessary to overcome the historical divergences we have inherited, we wish to combine our efforts to give witness to the Gospel of Christ and to the shared heritage of the Church of the first millennium, responding together to the challenges of the contemporary world. Orthodox and Catholics must learn to give unanimously witness in those spheres in which this is possible and necessary. Human civilization has entered into a period of epochal change. Our Christian conscience and our pastoral responsibility compel us not to remain passive in the face of challenges requiring a shared response.
8. Our gaze must firstly turn to those regions of the world where Christians are victims of persecution. In many countries of the Middle East and North Africa whole families, villages and cities of our brothers and sisters in Christ are being completely exterminated. Their churches are being barbarously ravaged and looted, their sacred objects profaned, their monuments destroyed. It is with pain that we call to mind the situation in Syria, Iraq and other countries of the Middle East, and the massive exodus of Christians from the land in which our faith was first disseminated and in which they have lived since the time of the Apostles, together with other religious communities.
9. We call upon the international community to act urgently in order to prevent the further expulsion of Christians from the Middle East. In raising our voice in defence of persecuted Christians, we wish to express our compassion for the suffering experienced by the faithful of other religious traditions who have also become victims of civil war, chaos and terrorist violence.
10. Thousands of victims have already been claimed in the violence in Syria and Iraq, which has left many other millions without a home or means of sustenance. We urge the international community to seek an end to the violence and terrorism and, at the same time, to contribute through dialogue to a swift return to civil peace. Large–scale humanitarian aid must be assured to the afflicted populations and to the many refugees seeking safety in neighbouring lands.
We call upon all those whose influence can be brought to bear upon the destiny of those kidnapped, including the Metropolitans of Aleppo, Paul and John Ibrahim, who were taken in April 2013, to make every effort to ensure their prompt liberation.
11. We lift our prayers to Christ, the Saviour of the world, asking for the return of peace in the Middle East, “the fruit of justice” (Is 32:17), so that fraternal co–existence among the various populations, Churches and religions may be strengthened, enabling refugees to return to their homes, wounds to be healed, and the souls of the slain innocent to rest in peace.
We address, in a fervent appeal, all the parts that may be involved in the conflicts to demonstrate good will and to take part in the negotiating table. At the same time, the international community must undertake every possible effort to end terrorism through common, joint and coordinated action. We call on all the countries involved in the struggle against terrorism to responsible and prudent action. We exhort all Christians and all believers of God to pray fervently to the providential Creator of the world to protect His creation from destruction and not permit a new world war. In order to ensure a solid and enduring peace, specific efforts must be undertaken to rediscover the common values uniting us, based on the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
12. We bow before the martyrdom of those who, at the cost of their own lives, have given witness to the truth of the Gospel, preferring death to the denial of Christ. We believe that these martyrs of our times, who belong to various Churches but who are united by their shared suffering, are a pledge of the unity of Christians. It is to you who suffer for Christ’s sake that the word of the Apostle is directed: “Beloved … rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly” (1 Pet 4:12–13).
13. Interreligious dialogue is indispensable in our disturbing times. Differences in the understanding of religious truths must not impede people of different faiths to live in peace and harmony. In our current context, religious leaders have the particular responsibility to educate their faithful in a spirit which is respectful of the convictions of those belonging to other religious traditions. Attempts to justify criminal acts with religious slogans are altogether unacceptable. No crime may be committed in God’s name, “since God is not the God of disorder but of peace” (1 Cor 14:33).
14. In affirming the foremost value of religious freedom, we give thanks to God for the current unprecedented renewal of the Christian faith in Russia, as well as in many other countries of Eastern Europe, formerly dominated for decades by atheist regimes. Today, the chains of militant atheism have been broken and in many places Christians can now freely confess their faith. Thousands of new churches have been built over the last quarter of a century, as well as hundreds of monasteries and theological institutions. Christian communities undertake notable works in the fields of charitable aid and social development, providing diversified forms of assistance to the needy.
Orthodox and Catholics often work side by side. Giving witness to the values of the Gospel they attest to the existence of the shared spiritual foundations of human co–existence.
15. At the same time, we are concerned about the situation in many countries in which Christians are increasingly confronted by restrictions to religious freedom, to the right to witness to one’s convictions and to live in conformity with them. In particular, we observe that the transformation of some countries into secularized societies, estranged from all reference to God and to His truth, constitutes a grave threat to religious freedom. It is a source of concern for us that there is a current curtailment of the rights of Christians, if not their outright discrimination, when certain political forces, guided by an often very aggressive secularist ideology, seek to relegate them to the margins of public life.
16. The process of European integration, which began after centuries of blood–soaked conflicts, was welcomed by many with hope, as a guarantee of peace and security. Nonetheless, we invite vigilance against an integration that is devoid of respect for religious identities. While remaining open to the contribution of other religions to our civilization, it is our conviction that Europe must remain faithful to its Christian roots. We call upon Christians of Eastern and Western Europe to unite in their shared witness to Christ and the Gospel, so that Europe may preserve its soul, shaped by two thousand years of Christian tradition.
17. Our gaze is also directed to those facing serious difficulties, who live in extreme need and poverty while the material wealth of humanity increases. We cannot remain indifferent to the destinies of millions of migrants and refugees knocking on the doors of wealthy nations. The unrelenting consumerism of some more developed countries is gradually depleting the resources of our planet. The growing inequality in the distribution of material goods increases the feeling of the injustice of the international order that has emerged.
18. The Christian churches are called to defend the demands of justice, the respect for peoples’ traditions, and an authentic solidarity towards all those who suffer. We Christians cannot forget that “God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, that no human being might boast before God” (1 Cor 1:27–29).
19. The family is the natural centre of human life and society. We are concerned about the crisis in the family in many countries. Orthodox and Catholics share the same conception of the family, and are called to witness that it is a path of holiness, testifying to the faithfulness of the spouses in their mutual interaction, to their openness to the procreation and rearing of their children, to solidarity between the generations and to respect for the weakest.
20. The family is based on marriage, an act of freely given and faithful love between a man and a woman. It is love that seals their union and teaches them to accept one another as a gift. Marriage is a school of love and faithfulness. We regret that other forms of cohabitation have been placed on the same level as this union, while the concept, consecrated in the biblical tradition, of paternity and maternity as the distinct vocation of man and woman in marriage is being banished from the public conscience.
21. We call on all to respect the inalienable right to life. Millions are denied the very right to be born into the world. The blood of the unborn cries out to God (cf. Gen 4:10).
The emergence of so-called euthanasia leads elderly people and the disabled begin to feel that they are a burden on their families and on society in general.
We are also concerned about the development of biomedical reproduction technology, as the manipulation of human life represents an attack on the foundations of human existence, created in the image of God. We believe that it is our duty to recall the immutability of Christian moral principles, based on respect for the dignity of the individual called into being according to the Creator’s plan.
22. Today, in a particular way, we address young Christians. You, young people, have the task of not hiding your talent in the ground (cf. Mt 25:25), but of using all the abilities God has given you to confirm Christ’s truth in the world, incarnating in your own lives the evangelical commandments of the love of God and of one’s neighbour. Do not be afraid of going against the current, defending God’s truth, to which contemporary secular norms are often far from conforming.
23. God loves each of you and expects you to be His disciples and apostles. Be the light of the world so that those around you may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father (cf. Mt 5:14, 16). Raise your children in the Christian faith, transmitting to them the pearl of great price that is the faith (cf. Mt 13:46) you have received from your parents and forbears. Remember that “you have been purchased at a great price” (1 Cor 6:20), at the cost of the death on the cross of the Man–God Jesus Christ.
24. Orthodox and Catholics are united not only by the shared Tradition of the Church of the first millennium, but also by the mission to preach the Gospel of Christ in the world today. This mission entails mutual respect for members of the Christian communities and excludes any form of proselytism.
We are not competitors but brothers, and this concept must guide all our mutual actions as well as those directed to the outside world. We urge Catholics and Orthodox in all countries to learn to live together in peace and love, and to be “in harmony with one another” (Rm 15:5). Consequently, it cannot be accepted that disloyal means be used to incite believers to pass from one Church to another, denying them their religious freedom and their traditions. We are called upon to put into practice the precept of the apostle Paul: “Thus I aspire to proclaim the gospel not where Christ has already been named, so that I do not build on another's foundation” (Rm 15:20).
25. It is our hope that our meeting may also contribute to reconciliation wherever tensions exist between Greek Catholics and Orthodox. It is today clear that the past method of “uniatism”, understood as the union of one community to the other, separating it from its Church, is not the way to re–establish unity. Nonetheless, the ecclesial communities which emerged in these historical circumstances have the right to exist and to undertake all that is necessary to meet the spiritual needs of their faithful, while seeking to live in peace with their neighbours. Orthodox and Greek Catholics are in need of reconciliation and of mutually acceptable forms of co–existence.
26. We deplore the hostility in Ukraine that has already caused many victims, inflicted innumerable wounds on peaceful inhabitants and thrown society into a deep economic and humanitarian crisis. We invite all the parts involved in the conflict to prudence, to social solidarity and to action aimed at constructing peace. We invite our Churches in Ukraine to work towards social harmony, to refrain from taking part in the confrontation, and to not support any further development of the conflict.
27. It is our hope that the schism between the Orthodox faithful in Ukraine may be overcome through existing canonical norms, that all the Orthodox Christians of Ukraine may live in peace and harmony, and that the Catholic communities in the country may contribute to this, in such a way that our Christian brotherhood may become increasingly evident.
28. In the contemporary world, which is both multiform yet united by a shared destiny, Catholics and Orthodox are called to work together fraternally in proclaiming the Good News of salvation, to testify together to the moral dignity and authentic freedom of the person, “so that the world may believe” (Jn 17:21). This world, in which the spiritual pillars of human existence are progressively disappearing, awaits from us a compelling Christian witness in all spheres of personal and social life. Much of the future of humanity will depend on our capacity to give shared witness to the Spirit of truth in these difficult times.
29. May our bold witness to God’s truth and to the Good News of salvation be sustained by the Man–God Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, who strengthens us with the unfailing promise: “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom” (Lk 12:32)!
Christ is the well–spring of joy and hope. Faith in Him transfigures human life, fills it with meaning. This is the conviction borne of the experience of all those to whom Peter refers in his words: “Once you were ‘no people’ but now you are God’s people; you ‘had not received mercy’ but now you have received mercy” (1 Pet 2:10).
30. With grace–filled gratitude for the gift of mutual understanding manifested during our meeting, let us with hope turn to the Most Holy Mother of God, invoking her with the words of this ancient prayer: “We seek refuge under the protection of your mercy, Holy Mother of God”. May the Blessed Virgin Mary, through her intercession, inspire fraternity in all those who venerate her, so that they may be reunited, in God’s own time, in the peace and harmony of the one people of God, for the glory of the Most Holy and indivisible Trinity!