Extract from an article by the Russian Orthodox media outlet Pravmir
Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes that the Orthodox Church will make its contribution to establishing peace in the Middle East.
Putin, who met representatives of local Orthodox Churches at the Holy Trinity — St. Sergius Monastery on Friday, wished Metropolitan Timothy of Vostra, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, success in serving in a unique place like Jerusalem, the cradle of Christianity.
Regrettably, the president said, the Middle East had been torn by various conflicts for many years. “Today, we can see a new conflict flaring up there again — with bloodshed and human casualties. We are anxiously watching what’s going on (in the Middle East),” the Russian leader went on to say.
“But I am sure that the presence of the Orthodox Church will play a positive role in reconciling the warring parties,” the president stressed.
“In the end, everybody comes to peace. Only, it is important to make this road as short as possible and avoid inflicting huge casualties on the way to peace,” Putin said. Full article here.
Above left: Fr. Jorge Hernandez celebrates Easter vigil Mass at Holy Family Latin Catholic Church 2012 and above right: Easter Service at St. Porphyrios Rum Orthodox Church. Gaza Palestine. Photos Jeff Bright