2022-01-07 19:28:00

Patriarch Kirill hopes Covid-19 pandemic will be over

Moscow, January 7, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is hopeful that the coronavirus pandemic will come to an end thanks to the hard work of those who have been fighting this disease.

"I hope that by the grace of God and in response to our prayers, in response to the heroic work of those who have been fighting this plight that has befallen us, the pandemic of this most dangerous infection, this difficult period in society's life and in the life of each person will eventually come to an end," Patriarch Kirill said upon completion of the Orthodox Christmas night service at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.

At the same time, the patriarch said he is pleased that parish life in Moscow is actively developing despite the existing coronavirus-related restrictions, although it is yet to return to its peak seen before the pandemic broke out.

In conclusion, the patriarch wished everyone a happy Christmas.

"I pray to God that church life continues developing in our capital, that our personal spiritual life keeps developing and that external challenging circumstances elevate, not belittle, each of us on our path toward God and Savior," he said.