2022-01-07 19:26:00

Patriarch Kirill prays for peace in Kazakhstan at Christmas service

Moscow, January 7, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia prayed for peace on Kazakh soil during an Orthodox Christmas service at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.

"All of us know that the direst situation is unfolding today in the territory of this huge country, where unity once prevailed. People have encountered a devastating civil conflict, and there is real bloodshed. And all this is happening just round the corner, in the territory of historical Rus. And, therefore, we cannot remain indifferent to this bloodshed, to these clashes, to this civil unrest. And today I prayed as ardently as I could and asked God to show its mercy for the people of Kazakhstan and to put an end to this feud and to restore peace," Patriarch Kirill said during the service.

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church believes that this will happen "by the grace of God". However, he believes that people themselves to exert effort in order to become worthy of this favor.

"I pray to God that true peace again prevails on Kazakh soil, which has seen the feats of a large number of new martyrs and confessors of our Church. We will pray for that. We will keep working and will hope that it will be this way," he said.