EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): We would very much like to know details regarding the decision by Pat. Bartholomew to accept the Cuban Ambassador’s invitation to visit Cuba in November “right after his visit to the US” as the announcement (below) says. Doesn’t he think that visiting Cuba on an official invitation by a tyrannical regime that is brutally oppressing its people lends international legitimacy to this regime? Especially when international news is flooded by the massive protests of hundreds of thousands of people throughout the Caribbean island?
First, it is already known that Pat. Bartholomew is NOT welcome by the overwhelming majority of the faithful here in the U.S. Why? Because he caused the Schism in Orthodoxy by granting “autocephaly” to the 25% of the Orthodox faithful in Ukraine. As a result, violence erupted and many Churches were burned or seized, while faithful were injured and lost their lives. He is not welcome for many other reasons including flagrant corruption throughout the jurisdictions he oversees and also for the promotion of homosexuality among the “hierarchs of the throne”. What then is the purpose of his planned visit to Cuba?
Yes, we know about his previous visit in the opening of the St.Nicholas Church in Havana, built thanks to the efforts of a Greek sailor. But this is not enough of a reason for his new visit. We certainly expect some clarifications and we are hoping that, if he finally goes there (please allow us to have many doubts that he will cross the Atlantic this fall), he will be prepared to make public statements opposing the communist regime and supporting the people’s uprising.
In any other eventuality, he will prove once again that he is serving as a simple cog in the mill of globalism, a religion in itself that has nothing in common with Christianity.
Ecumenical Patriarch to travel to Cuba in November
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will travel to Cuba in November, following the Cuban president’s invitation.
Specifically, on Wednesday, July 14, the Ecumenical Patriarch met the Cuban Ambassador to Turkey, Luis Alberto Amorós Núñez.
The ambassador conveyed to the Ecumenical Patriarch the invitation of the country’s president, Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, to pay an official visit to Cuba.
The Ecumenical Patriarch accepted the invitation of the Cuban president and will be traveling to Havana in the first week of November, at the end of his official visit to the United States.
This is the second visit of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Cuba, after his first visit in 2004 at the invitation of the late Cuban President, Fidel Castro.