“Christianity teaches us responsibility: for the preservation of the faith, for ourselves, our neighbors, for the country. Today, this responsibility is actualized in connection with what is happening in the neighboring state and at the crossroads of Russia’s relations with the Western world. “. What should be our response? We do nothing”, we must be afraid. We must be aware that the truth is on our side. And if the truth is true, then it is not a sin to suffer for the truth, but on the contrary, it is to save. Suffer, not retreat and surrender, but defend political and spiritual positions,” Patriarch Cyril said, reports RIA Novosti.
The primate of the Russian Orthodox Church noted that faith in God gives strength to overcome the fear of death, “when you need to protect your homeland, your neighbor.”
The patriarch also asked for prayers for Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I urge everyone to pray for our country, our Supreme Commander-in-Chief, an Orthodox person who courageously took responsibility for everything that happens to all of us, gave strength to devote himself to the service of the people,” Patriarch Kirill concluded.