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Cries for peace are heard

· Patriarch Kirill of Moscow writes to U.S. President Barack Obama ·

May the United States “listen to the voice of religious leaders, who unanimously oppose any military interference in the Syrian conflict”. This was the wish Patriarch Kirill of Moscow expressed in his letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, on the 12th anniversary of the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001, the geopolitical effects of which are still ongoing. On behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill expressed sorrow for the “losses suffered by the American people”. In his letter he also urged President Obama “to begin peace negotiations as soon as possible” with the participation of the international community to control chemical weapons.

The Patriarch's letter is one of many recent appeals for peace from religious leaders to governments around the world. Pope Francis made the first appeal to avoid further bloodshed. Patriarch Kirill says in his letter that the Russian Orthodox Church “knows the price of suffering and loss of human life”, since over the last century its people have “survived two devastating world wars that caused millions of deaths and ruined the lives of multitudes of people”.

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