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EU to include Russian Orthodox Church patriarch in sanctions package

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Bloco apontou sermões e comentários pró-guerra feitos por Cirilo desde o início do conflito na Ucrânia

Bloco pointed to pro-war sermons and comments made by Cyril since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine| Photo: EFE/EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

The Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Cyril of Moscow, should be sanctioned of the European Union because of its support for President Vladimir Putin. According to a document from the European External Action Service to which the Politico website had access, the justification would be that the patriarch has been “one of the most prominent supporters of Russian military aggression against Ukraine”.

According to Politico, the service pointed pro-war sermons and comments made by Cyril since the beginning of the conflict, in 24 of February, in addition to having blessed Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine.

This week, Pope Francis said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that he had warned Cyril to “not become the altar boy.” of Putin”, during a video call made between the two religious leaders in March.

The Russian Orthodox Church condemned the statement. “Pope Francis has chosen an incorrect tone to convey the content of this conversation,” said the Patriarchate of Moscow. “Such statements do not contribute to the establishment of a constructive dialogue between the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches, which is especially needed at the moment.”

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