Sretensky monastery and church, Moscow

The letter reads: I am aware that it is not in your power and authority to stop the war or to influence those who have such powers of decisions. But the faithful are waiting for a comforting word from Your Holiness. They think that if you come out with a public statement and request, as the spiritual father of so many millions of Orthodox in both Russia and Ukraine, that might have an impact.”

This is Saucas second letter to Patriarch Kirill; in the first he urged the patriarch to be a voice of mediation and help stop the war.

The Orthodox and Greek Catholic faithful in Ukraine, in Russia and all over the world are preparing to celebrate at the end of this week the most important feast of the year, the Day of Resurrection,” wrote Sauca. It is well known that for Eastern Christianity this day has a special resonance and importance.”

Saucas letter touched upon the moments in history that remind us, even in the most difficult moments of persecution, wars and suffering, nobody could stop the faithful singing and proclaiming boldly the Easter hymn which affirms the victory of life over death.

In the light of these affirmations which are the core of our very identity, I have dared to write to you, with deep respect and filial love,” Sauca wrote. People lost their trust and hope in politicians and in a possible peaceful negotiation and a ceasefire.”

The WCC receives daily requests from the faithful in Russia and Ukraine but also from all over the world to contact Patriarch Kirill to ask him to intervene and mediate for a peaceful solution, for dialogue rather than confrontation, for end to the fraternal blood shedding.

We hear now worrying news that plans are to attack churches during the Easter night celebrations and to spread even more terror, fear, mutual accusations and demonization,” wrote Sauca. We have kept asking the political leaders for a ceasefire and for return to the table of dialogue since the very beginning of hostilities but with no result.”

Sauca notes that, on the contrary, the war has intensified, and urges Patriarch Kirill to intervene to give a chance to the soldiers and to the terrified civilians to embrace and greet one another with the paschal greeting, to silence for a moment the bombs and the missiles and to hear instead the triumphant sound of the church bells and the joyful signing of the faithful people.”  

Read the full letter

WCC acting general secretary to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow: “raise up your voice so that the war can be stopped” - (WCC news release 2 March 2022)

WCC convenes roundtable on Ukraine, calls for diplomacy instead of threats, dialogue instead of confrontation - (WCC news release 30 March 2022)