The president and vice-president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert (Aberdeen Diocese, above left) and Bishop John Keenan (Paisley Diocese, above second from right), have added their names to a statement from calling for peace in Ukraine.
In the face of the shocking loss of life, bloodshed, displacement of people and destruction of property in Ukraine, we make these heartfelt appeals.
We ask our Catholic communities to sustain the prayer and self-denial of Lent as a constant offering to God, begging for an end to this pointless violence.
We ask our fellow Christians everywhere, including Patriarch Kirill and all in the Russian Orthodox Church, to join in solidarity with us in daily spiritual and practical efforts for a ceasefire, for humanitarian outreach and the silencing and laying down of weapons.
We ask all who have an instinct for God to raise their hearts and minds in prayer for peace.
We urge everyone to open their hearts and respond generously to the many appeals for help and support for all who are fleeing their homeland. We call on the UK and Irish governments to offer an open and generous welcome to those who seek refuge in the face of this warfare.
Bishop Hugh Gilbert, Bishop John Keenan
Bishops’ Conference of Scotland
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop Dermot Farrell
Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference