In an impassioned plea to the head of the Orthodox Church in Russia, Patriarch Kirill, Scotland's Catholic Bishops have urged him to "intervene with the President of Russia to bring this tragedy to an end".
Highlighting the death of innocent people, the letter points out that "the beauty and power of the Orthodox faith is a message of peace".
The letter is signed by the President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert on behalf of all the bishops of Scotland.
His Holiness Patriarch kirill of Moscow and all Russia
The conflict in Ukraine
As the situation in Ukraine continues to worsen and innocent people are being killed and injured, the Catholic Bishops of Scotland implore your Holiness to intervene with the President of Russia to bring this tragedy to an end. The beauty and power of the Orthodox faith is a message of peace and inclusion for our world that seeks to break down barriers "that they may all be one"
This Holy season of Lent is a call for a conversion of hearts not for destruction and death. We are all called to die to sin, to die to our selfishness, our national interests, and to seek a new way of reconciliation and peace. May our Lord Jesus Christ who transformed an instrument of torture and death to become the tree of eternal life, shine on us this Easter, especially the people of Ukraine and Russia. May we imitate the beloved disciple who did not flee through fear but stood united with our Lord and His blessed Mother at the foot of the cross and made a home for her in his house.
We pray for Your Holiness, for the Orthodox Churches, the peoples of Ukraine and Russia. May our Lady, Queen of Peace, intercede for all of us.
With sentiments of respect and esteem.
Yours Sincerely in Christ
Bishop Hugh Gilbert
Bishop of Aberdeen
President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland