2019-12-25 15:25:00

Patriarch Kirill on Christmas Day calls on Pope, other Christian leaders to combine efforts to help people affected by armed conflicts

Moscow, December 25, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, has sent greetings to leaders of Christian denominations celebrating Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar.

"In glorifying the Lord Jesus Who became incarnate for our sake, let us together with representatives of all Christian confessions, various non-governmental and governmental organizations and all people of good will combine efforts in order to overcome political crises and tribulations in the world and to help those suffering from the armed conflicts, hunger, discrimination and injustice," Patriarch Kirill said in a statement on the Russian Orthodox Church Department for External Church Relations website on Wednesday.

Addressees of Patriarch Kirill's greetings include Pope Francis, leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria Tawadros II, and leaders of Christian churches in Syria and other Middle Eastern countries.

"I wish you radiant joy in the Incarnate Saviour and God's help in your ministry, and I wish peace and prosperity to your flock," Patriarch Kirill said.