Patriarch Kirill tried to convince to stop the bloodshed in Ukraine
Patriarch of Moscow And all Russia Kirill has tried to convince everyone who can influence the decisions to immediately stop the bloodshed in South-Eastern regions of Ukraine. Address of the Primate of the Orthodox believers distributed on Tuesday, the Patriarchal press service.
" What is happening today, most importantly, in the Donetsk And Lugansk regions, And how to relate to what is happening to the members of our Holy Church? In the southern borders of the historical Rus broke now internecine warfare. The results of the bloody conflict terrifying. Already not a hundred, as it was winter in Kyiv, and the majority, most of the hundreds dead, thousands injured And homeless ", - says the statement of the Patriarch.
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church said That " only the devil can claim victory when Sich face brothers, destroying each other close person, inflicting injury, weakening of the vital force of the people ".
" I appeal to all who influence decision making: immediately stop the bloodshed, engage in real dialogue for peace And justice. In internecine warfare does not have the opportunity to be the winners, never has the opportunity to be political gains that would have been more people's lives ", - says the statement.
The Patriarch recalled That the civil war had so many times in Russian history. According to him, they led to the weakening of Kiev Rus And the fall of the separate principalities under the pressure of Batu, to a terrible time of Troubles in the Russian state in the XVII century And it " monstrous scale bloodshed And establishment of long years of the godless regime in the early twentieth century "." The lessons of history also shows That internecine warfare always creates the danger of conquest of the Fatherland external forces. And old, And now we are faced with in such cases, the risk of losing real sovereignty of the people ", - the statement says.
Patriarch Kirill also tried to persuade believers to intense prayer And double the storage beginning of the fast of the Holy apostles ". Turning to the monastic cloisters, the Primate of the ROC reminded them about that, " knew how to pray in the terrible times of turmoil our pious ancestors ", and among them the venerable Anthony And Theodosius of the Kiev caves, " the gathering of the Russian lands " of the Sergius of Radonezh, the all-Russian Patriarch Tikhon And the Holy Martyr, Metropolitan Volodymyr of Kyiv.
" In all the churches of our Church may tirelessly committed now a special prayer for peace And overcoming the civil war, the text of which I'll bless today for consumption ", - says the statement.