Pope Francis and Bartholomew I of Constantinople called for dialogue and respect for international law in Ukraine in the declaration signed in Istanbul on Sunday.
In the general document published by the Vatican after the signing ceremony in Fener (a district of Istanbul, where the Patriachal residence of the Ecumenical Patriarch is located), Bartholomew and Francis emphasized that they remember all the people who suffer from war.
"We pray for peace in Ukraine, a country of ancient Christian tradition, while we call upon all parties involved to pursue the path of dialogue and of respect for international law in order to bring an end to the conflict and allow all Ukrainians to live in harmony," the Pope and the Patriarch stated in the declaration.
The Pope and the Patriarch promised to intensify their efforts to strengthen the unity of Christians, especially Catholics and Orthodox ones. Francis and Bartholomew paid special attention to the situation of the Christian communities in Syria and Iraq, and called on the international community to respond to the pressure on them. In the declaration, the bishops also recalled the desire to restore constructive dialogue with Islam.