Moscow, June 21, 2022
A hierarch of the Jerusalem Orthodox Church, Archbishop Theodosios of Sebaste, spoke in support of Patriarch Kirill regarding attempts by Western countries to impose sanctions against him for the primate’s position on Ukraine, reports Interfax Religion. As reported earlier, the European Union discussed sanctions the Russian Patriarch but then dropped them, while Great Britain actually imposed them.
"We categorically oppose all provocations carried out by some Western forces against His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. We cannot look on in silence at such attacks, and we view them as lawless, inappropriate actions against a high level religious figure, who is a real spiritual symbol of modern Orthodoxy," Archbishop Theodosios said in an interview with British journalists, a fragment of which was published on Monday by the website of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Archbishop noted that Patriarch Kirill is not participating in any political conflicts and that as a “man of peace”, he always stands for dialogue. “The accusations against Patriarch Kirill are false and groundless. I want to emphasize once again that His Holiness has always called on both parties to reconcile, to renounce war and violence,” the Archbishop said.
He called on those who are inciting hatred against Patriarch Kirill in the West to abandon their aggressive position. We perceive provocations against the Russian Russian Orthodox Church as hostile actions by the West against the entire Orthodox Church,” the representative of the Jerusalem Patriarchate said, once again expressing a sense of deep solidarity with the Russian Church and confidence that “unfounded accusations" can have no effect on the life of the Church.
“His Holiness Patriarch Kirill is the Primate of more than 100 million believers not only from Russia and Ukraine, but also from many other countries. He has always preached sermons about love, peace and mercy, and calls for reconciliation of all warring parties, rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism,” the Archbishop concluded.