Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis urged world leaders to detente in international relations

Moscow. April 17. INTERFAX – the head of Russian Orthodox, Roman-Catholic churches and Christian leaders in the Middle East has appealed to world leaders calling for d├ętente in international relations.

“Our world is in a dangerous state to a real failure of international relations and cooperation… it is Obvious that the horrors of the world wars of the last century pale in comparison to how catastrophic the consequences might be world war today,” – said in a joint statement, Christian leaders, which was read to journalists on Tuesday the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion.

According to him, this statement was the result of telephone conversations of Patriarch Kirill with Pope Francis and was supported by the heads of the Christian churches of the Middle East.

The talks were held on the initiative of the Primate of the Russian Church the morning after the airstrikes of coalition on Syria.

“In the face of this terrible threat, we appeal to all world leaders, urging them to realize their responsibility before their peoples, before humanity and before God”, – the statement says.

The authors jointly urge political leaders to “prevent further escalation of tension, to avoid confrontation and embark on the path of dialogue”.