Saint Josaphat (1623)

He was a Basilian monk of the Ukrainian Rite who became Archbishop of Polotsk, after the Orthodox Ukrainian Church was officially united to Rome. He fought vigorously in support of the primacy of the Pope. In a sermon he cried out, ”Please God I will give my life for the holy union, for the supremacy of Peter and of the Holy Father, his successor.” Soon after a mob of Orthodox invaded Saint Josaphat’s episcopal residence and killed him.

Longer articles about Saint Josaphat on our site: Two Patrons for True Ecumenism by Brother Francis, and Saint Josaphat and Church Unity by Brother André Marie.

See also: Saint Josaphat and Church Unity.

Saint Josaphat

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