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Patriarch Neophyte: Bloodshed and the taking of innocent lives are unacceptable to all who seek peace

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Bulgarian Patriarch Neophyte sent a message on the occasion of the war in Ukraine. In it, he demanded an end to hostilities. We offer you the whole message of the Holy Patriarch.

“Entering the preparatory days before the beginning of the saving Lent, we are witnessing hostilities between two fraternal peoples – Russia and Ukraine, who have accepted the saving faith of Christ from one baptismal font.

The bloodshed and the taking of innocent human lives is unacceptable to all who seek peace, unity and love in the world!

 Christ’s Covenant: “Peace I leave with you; I give you my peace; I give you not as the world gives ”(John 14:27), and“ blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God ”(Matt. 5: 9), echo in our hearts and are a fundamental duty of every Christian!

We call on all those who depend on them to end the bloodshed and turn their backs on contradictions, to respect the basic human right to life and liberty, and to achieve through diplomacy the longed-for peace bequeathed to us by the Savior Christ!

We offer a wholehearted prayer to the Almighty God and Father of Peace, to stop the quarrels, riots, riots and bloodshed, and peace and favor will reign again among the people!

We pray the Lord to support His faithful who desire and strive for peace and understanding, to deliver the world from the wiles of the wicked one who sowed the seeds of division and destruction through devoted men, and to test God’s testamentary peace in the world and the crown. of God’s creation – man!

The protection of the Holy Mother of God to protect all people who are in trouble, sorrow and misery and give them patience, prayer and trust in God’s mercy and justice!

May God rest in the settlements of the righteous the souls of all those who died as a result of the military conflict in Ukraine! “

Source: Official site of Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Chruch

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