Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos mentioned in his statement a “painful crisis” that is taking place in Ukraine during the last days regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
He does not even refer to the name of Russia, the war or the attack, and calls on all Christians to join in prayer “for our world and for the people of Ukraine.”
Please read below his statement
With heartfelt regard, we follow the distressing crisis in Ukraine in the last days and we stand deeply concerned for the human suffering of all our brothers and sisters in Christ.
The strongest power of the Christian is prayer. With other Christian leaders around the world, we therefore call upon all Christian people to join in prayer for our world and for the people of Ukraine.
Here in Jerusalem, we raise our prayers in the place of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ that God would grant wisdom and courage to all Leaders and parties concerned. May He enlighten their minds so that dialogue and unity would be sought, and lasting peace would prevail.