Home News World Council of Churches urges Patriarch Kirill to lobby for Easter cease-fire

World Council of Churches urges Patriarch Kirill to lobby for Easter cease-fire

by admin

(RNS) — The head of the World Council of Churches is urging Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, to call for a cease-fire in Ukraine as Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter this weekend.

“People lost their trust and hope in politicians and in a possible peaceful negotiation and a ceasefire,” the Rev. Ioan Sauca, a Romanian Orthodox priest and acting general secretary of the World Council of Churches, wrote in a letter published Tuesday (April 19).

“We receive daily requests from the faithful in Russia and Ukraine but also from all over the world to contact Your Holiness and to ask to intervene and mediate for a peaceful solution, for dialogue rather than confrontation, for end to the fraternal blood shedding.”

Kirill has been widely criticized for first refusing to speak out against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, then attempting to blame Western nations for the war and eventually calling it “a struggle that has not a physical, but a metaphysical significance.”

Earlier this month Sauca responded to calls to expel Kirill and the Russian Orthodox Church from the WCC over the cleric’s rhetoric, with the WCC head suggesting the organization should remain a place of dialogue but acknowledging the decision is ultimately up to group’s central committee. Pope Francis, meanwhile, has cautioned the patriarch against invoking the language of holy war.

In his letter on Tuesday, Sauca noted Easter cease-fires are a tradition extending back to at least World War I, while expressing concern about potential attacks on Ukrainian churches as worshippers mark one of the most important celebrations on the Christian calendar.

Ioan Sauca, acting general secretary of the World Council of Churches, on June 24, 2021. Photo by Ivars Kupcis/WCC

“Our humble request to your Holiness in this particular and impossible situation is to intervene and ask publicly for a ceasefire for at least a few hours during the Resurrection service,” he wrote.

RELATED: World Council of Churches faces calls to expel Russian Orthodox Church

Within hours of the release of Sauca’s letter, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a “humanitarian pause” in fighting in Ukraine to coincide with Orthodox Easter.

“The four-day Easter period should be a moment to unite around saving lives and furthering dialogue to end the suffering in Ukraine,” Guterres said. He also noted that U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths had broached the idea with the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations.

In early March, Sauca sent a message asking Kirill to “Please, raise up your voice and speak on behalf of the suffering brothers and sisters, most of whom are also faithful members of our Orthodox Church.”

Kirill responded to Sauca but was seemingly unconvinced by his arguments, blaming the war not on Russia but on Western nations.

RELATED: How Putin’s invasion became a holy war for Russia

Kirill has spent years laying spiritual groundwork for a face-off with the West and has intensified his rhetoric since the outbreak of war: Over the past two months, he referred to Russia’s enemies in Ukraine as “evil forces” and preached a sermon accusing the liberal West of corrupting other countries with a vanguard of gay pride parades.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Unity Day, Nov. 4, 2016, in Moscow. Photo courtesy of the Kremlin/Wikipedia/Creative Commons

Hundreds of Orthodox theologians recently decried Kirill’s vision of a “Russian world” that includes Ukraine, calling it a heresy, and leaders of an Orthodox tradition in Ukraine that broke away from the ROC in 2019 have chided Kirill as “discredited” and likened Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Antichrist.

Kirill is also facing emerging dissent among his own priests. At least one cleric in Russia was fined for speaking out against the war, and many priests in Ukraine with formal loyalties to Moscow have stopped commemorating Kirill during worship. Hundreds of priests reportedly signed a letter last week accusing the patriarch of preaching “heresy” and asking church authorities to consider his ouster.

The Rev. Franklin Graham, who once praised Putin and Kirill after a visit to Russia in 2015, has also called for a cease-fire in the region during the Easter season — although he directed his request at Putin and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Source : ReligionNews

Related Articles

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

NEWS7.ASIA :World Council of Churches urges Patriarch Kirill to lobby for Easter cease-fire
https://www.lesmaillotsdebain.net/   https://www.yonne-communes.org   https://laboutiquehigh-tech-leblog.com   https://www.follement-bijoux.com/   https://www.news4africa.org  
Formula 1: Porsche & Volkswagen Group considering entering F1 *  Maillot de bain décolleté V 6923 *  LeMieux Proshell Pair Bottes de sécurité Mixte *  ranrann 2Pcs Maillot de Bain Enfant Garçon Anti UV Combinaison Natation + Bonnet de Bain Motif Requin Combishort Bain… *  Cabin Max – Rio Stowaway Sac Bagage à Main Cabine – Sac à Bandoulière 40x25x20cm – Parfait comme Second Bagage à Main… *  * Sac Isotherme Repas Glaciere Sac Repas Sac à Déjeuner Lunchbox 7.5L Pour Camping Voyage Barbecue Lait Petit-déjeuner… *  Mini urne funéraire pour cendres – Empreinte de patte de chien – Urne funéraire pour chat en acier inoxydable plaqué or… *  https://sbc55.net   https://www.chaussure.biz   https://www.montanhastudio.com   https://lamaisondurasage.fr   https://instruments-demusique.com   https://www.everythingfoodanddrink.org   https://www.humanrightsiniran.org   https://dedalusprod.com   World Council of Churches urges Patriarch Kirill to lobby for Easter cease-fire : news7

news7.asia World Council of Churches urges Patriarch Kirill to lobby for Easter cease-fire