Patriarch Kirill calls for kindness on Orthodox Christmas

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Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia


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MOSCOW, January 7. /TASS/. Christmas is a good reason for giving love, care and attention to surrounding people, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia reiterated in his televised address on the coming of one of the main Orthodox Christian holidays.

“There must be someone beside you who needs your support. Christmas is a great opportunity to show one’s best human qualities and bestow joy and love on people. Even small deeds can make this world kinder and brighter. Anyone can do it, as God is with us,” he said.

The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church reiterated that society was always built on the principles of division and called for the fight against these sinful aspects. “Human society was always built on the principles of division: the lucky and the unlucky, the happy and the unhappy, the smart and the narrow-minded, the rich and the poor. This list can be long. We, Christians, understand that the imperfection of the world is the consequence of the sin, so it is necessary to fight against not just the external reason for this illness, but with its internal aspects all the more,” the patriarch of Moscow and All Russia noted.

He highlighted that to Jesus Christ each person is equally valuable, irrespective of his income and social position. “By his birth Christ shows that material conditions are not important to God. He descends to birth in a stable, lying beside animals. He equally accepts simple gifts from poor shepherds and royal gifts from wise men from the east,” the patriarch said.

“Let Christmas inspire you to kind deeds, and let the born Savior’s blessing and help be with you in your life. May God keep you safe,” patriarch Kirill said.

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