His Eminence Varsonofy Sudakov, Metropolitan of St Petersburg and Ladoga
G S Poltavchenko, Governor of the Federal City of St Petersburg
Esteemed Georgi Sergeyevich!
I had a sharp pain in my heart when I heard the tragic news of the explosion today in the St Petersburg Metro. This impudent crime has no justification. The Church strongly condemns aggression against civilians and calls on everyone to oppose any manifestations of violence. I express my sincere condolences to the bereaved families and relatives. I urge our clergy in St Petersburg to provide all necessary assistance and spiritual support to those affected by this disaster. In our grief today for the departed, let us dissipate our sadness with heartfelt prayer, and let the words of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen us:
He that hears My word, and believes on Him that sent Me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (Gospel according to St John the Theologian 5.24).
May the Almighty bestow His abundant help upon the first responders, medical workers, law enforcement personnel, and all those who made efforts to overcome the consequences of the disaster. I offer prayer to God the Creator of All for the speedy healing of the wounded and the repose of the souls of His newly-departed servants in the Heavenly Mansions, “where all the just dwell”.
With deepest sympathy,
Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias
3 April 2017
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