Statement by the assembly of the French Orthodox Bishops on the Ukrainian issue


The Assembly of the French Orthodox Bishops (AEOF) has just published a statement on the situation created by the Ukrainian issue.

Paris, October 16, 2018. During their regular session today, the members of the Assembly of French Orthodox Bishops (AEOF) present expressed their deep sadness at the current situation created by the Ukrainian issue. This situation affects not only the manifestation of the unity of Orthodoxy, but also the inter-Orthodox collaboration within the episcopal assemblies. The absence of the hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church within the AEOF goes beyond the relationships between the Churches of Constantinople and Moscow, and affects the whole Orthodox Church.
Consequently, the bishops members of the AEOF call to prayer for the speedy resolution of the dispute, as well as for the unity of Orthodoxy in general. Unity is indeed a direct command that Christ Himself gave us : “That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. (Jn 17:21) For unity is the very condition of the testimony of Orthodox faith in the world.”

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Emma Cazabonne was born and raised in France. She taught English before entering the Cistercian Order. She translated and published articles relevant to her interest in Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She moved to the United States in 2001, converted to Orthodoxy in 2008, and married. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. She continued to publish articles, a Cistercian texts anthology, then finally launched her career in literary translation, while teaching French. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here