Patriarch Kirill: the situation in Ukraine is reminiscent of the " Arab spring "
The situation today was the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, reminiscent of the plight of Christians in the middle East, said the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on Wednesday at the meeting with the Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa Theodore (Tawadros) II.
This is the 1st visit of the Patriarch Theodore II in the Russian Federation in the form of the newly elected head of the Coptic Church. The main purpose of the trip was meeting with Patriarch Kirill and discuss bilateral relations between the churches and the situation of Christians in the middle East.
" I will tell you about the situation in Ukraine, which is very reminiscent of what happened in the middle East, about the suffering of commissioners of our Church in this country. We are in peacekeeping position and try to reconcile the parties to the conflict that exist, and I hope that the efforts that are taken from different sides, will lead to the end of the bloodshed and the establishment of a just peace, " said Patriarch Kirill.
He also said that in 2011-2013 Coptic Church has been open persecuted, killed her Authorized, churches were destroyed, but with the coming to power of a new President in Egypt, everything changed. The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church has expressed the hope that these beneficial changes will be durable and will support Russian and Coptic churches again to start a dialogue.
for its part, the Coptic Patriarch made the initiative for the development of dialogue to make two of the Commission of the ROC and the Egyptian Church for cooperation on 4 levels: theological, ascetic monastic life), theological education and social service.
" We want to unity, for example, between our Eastern churches. I think that the unity of our Orthodox churches will be the key to solving many issues in the world