» 07/23/2014, 00.00
RUSSIA - UKRAINE
Moscow Patriarchate on downed plane: Those who know the truth should speak before God
Archpriest Chaplin invites those responsible and aware of the facts to "get rid of the burden of this guilt." The bodies of the victims traveling to the Netherlands. Patriarch Kirill calls for prayers to avoid a "great war".
Moscow (AsiaNews) - The Russian Orthodox Church
has launched an appeal to the people involved in the crash on July 17, in eastern
Ukraine, to tell "the
whole truth before God and
Meanwhile the tragic odyssey of
recovery of bodies seems to have come to an end: 82 of the 298 victims are
still missing, as reported by
Dutch experts. The OSCE observers on the ground confirm that there are still human remains from the Malaysia airlines
flight MH17 - probably
shot down by a missile - but complain that
recovery operations are once again at a standstill.
"It would be so right if the
commanders of all missile systems that were in the crash area on July 17 told
the whole truth about what they did and saw, if they said it to everyone, to
God and people!" said archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, head of
the Synodal department for Relations between Church and society.
The same applies to the crew
of the plane which is said to have flown near the crashed plane, he said. This is the thesis
of the Russian Defense Minister
who claims a Ukrainian fighter jet was flying very
close to the Malaysian Airlines
Boeing 777 that was shot down.
"If these people did
nothing wrong, they should have nothing to hide" said the representative of the Moscow Patriarchate, quoted by Interfax
news agency - If a deadly
sin, the killing of hundreds of innocent people, has occurred, it's better to
speak about it than carry the heavy burden of this guilt in the soul".
On the feast day of the icon of the
Virgin of Kazan, July 20 - three days after the tragedy
- Patriarch Kirill urged the faithful to "pray with particular fervor to
prevent the risk of a major war."
In the cathedral dedicated to Our Lady
of Kazan on Red
Square, the Orthodox primate
asked faithful to pray to the Mother
of God for "the salvation of
Russia and the whole of historic Rus (a concept which
also includes Ukraine and Belarus),
for the end of the civil war in Ukraine, which is being exploited by external forces who harbor different aims from those they proclaim"
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