On March 24, 2022, the members of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church heard a report by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on his online talks with Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, held on March 16. Taking part in the conversations on behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church was also Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations.
The topic under discussion was the situation in Ukraine. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill spoke in detail about the position of the Russian Orthodox Church concerning the current developments that go back to 2014.
The Holy Synod resolved that “it is important to bring the Russian Orthodox Church’s stance on the current crisis in Ukraine to the notice of the heads of non-Orthodox Churches and inter-Christian organizations, as well as to develop joint peace-making and humanitarian initiatives.”