I have waged this war against myself for many years. It was terrible, but now I am disarmed. I am no longer frightened of anything, because love banishes fear. I am disarmed of the need to be right and the need to justify myself by disqualifying others. I am no longer on the defensive, holding onto my riches. I just want to welcome and to share. I don't hold onto my ideas and projects. When we are disarmed and dispossessed of self, when we open our hearts to the God-Man who makes all things new, then he takes away past hurts and reveals a new time where everything is possible.
-- Athenagoras I
Archbishop of North and South America, 1931-1948,
Patriarch of Constantinople, 1948-1972,
and a major architect of the World Council of Churches.
In 1965, with Pope Paul VI, he jointly lifted the anathemas of 1054.