Orthodox Christian spiritual leader calls for end to war in Ukraine

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of some 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide and based in Istanbul, speaks after a Sunday service at the Agios Charalampos Greek Orthodox Church in Istanbul, Turkey February 27, 2022. REUTERS/Murad sezer

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ISTANBUL, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of some 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide and based in Istanbul, called on Sunday for an end to the war in Ukraine.

“We make another plea to end the war now. To immediately stop all acts of violence, all that sows pain and death.” Barthélemy said in a statement.

Bartholomew also called the war abominable and expressed his solidarity and support for the Ukrainian church, which won independence from Moscow, and the “seriously suffering” Ukrainian people in his statement.

In 2019 Barthélemy granted autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, making it independent, in a historic split strongly opposed by Russia.

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Reporting by Yesim Dikmen Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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