War in Ukraine: European Christian Leaders Call for Easter Ceasefire

The President of the Commission of European Community Episcopates, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich and the President of the Conference of European Churches, Pastor Christian Krieger, sent a letter to Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy asking for a ceasefire. fire in Ukraine on the occasion of Easter. 

Dance a letter sent on April 13 to the Russian and Ukrainian presidents, the President of the Commission of the Episcopates of the European Community (Comece), Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich and the President of the Conference of European Churches (Cec), Pastor Christian Krieger, called for a truce in Ukraine for Easter as early as midnight Sunday April 17 until midnight April 24, the day the Orthodox celebrate Easter.

according to Vatican News, European Protestant and Catholic leaders ask in this missive "a general ceasefire in order to give Christians in Russia and Ukraine, sisters and brothers in Christ, the possibility of celebrating Easter in peace and dignity".

A request which echoes the appeal of Pope Francis who, on Sunday April 10, during the Angelus prayer, called for arms to be laid down for an “Easter truce”. He also called for this "truce" to be a first step towards peace and "real negotiation".

“Let's lay down our arms! Let an Easter truce begin; but not to reload weapons and resume fighting, no! A truce to achieve peace, through real negotiation, also being willing to make sacrifices for the good of the people. Indeed, what victory will be that which will plant a flag on a pile of ruins? »

UCA News reports that this wish was also expressed by the presidents of Cec and Comece in their letter.

Cardinal Hollerich and Pastor Krieger have also written to the Patriarch of Moscow, Kirill, to inform him of their approach and urge him to support their initiative.

"By doing so, you could demonstrate the importance you attach to giving Christians in Russia and Ukraine, brothers and sisters in Christ, the necessary respite to allow them to celebrate Easter in peace and dignity," they said. stated in this second missive.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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