Scottish bishops urge Patriarch Cyril to seek peace in Ukraine

In an impassioned appeal to the leader of the Orthodox Church of Russia, Patriarch Kirill, the Catholic Bishops of Scotland have urged him to “intervene with the President of Russia to put an end to this tragedy”. Highlighting the deaths of innocent people, the letter stresses that “the beauty and power of the Orthodox faith is a message of peace.”

The letter is signed by the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert, on behalf of all the Bishops of Scotland.

The full text follows:

His Holiness
Patriarch Cyril of Moscow and All Russia
22 Cal Danolovsky,
Danilov Monastery,
11591 Moscow, Russia April 13, 2022

Your Holiness,

THE CONFLICT IN UKRAINE

As the situation in Ukraine continues to escalate and innocent people are killed and injured, the Catholic Bishops of Scotland implore Your Holiness to intervene with the President of Russia to end this tragedy. The beauty and power of the Orthodox faith is a message of peace and inclusion for our world that seeks to break down barriers “so that they may all be one”.

This holy season of Lent is a call to conversion of heart and not to destruction and death. We are all called to die to sin, to die to our selfishness, to our national interests, and to seek a new way of reconciliation and peace. May Our Lord Jesus Christ who transformed an instrument of torture and death to become the tree of eternal life, shine on us this Easter, especially on the peoples of Ukraine and Russia. May we imitate the beloved disciple who did not flee in fear but stood united with our Lord and his blessed Mother at the foot or at the cross and made him a home in his house.

We pray for Your Holiness, for the Orthodox Church, the peoples of Ukraine and Russia.

May Our Lady, Queen of Peace, intercede for all of us.

With a feeling of respect and esteem,

Sincerely in Christ

Hugh Gilbert BSF
Bishop of Aberdeen
President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland

Keywords: Ukraine, Scotland, Patriarch Kirill, Bishop Hugh Gilbert, Scottish Bishops’ Conference

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