The Russian patriarch urged the faithful to pray for Putin

The Russian patriarch urged the faithful to pray for Putin

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill called on Russian Orthodox Christians to pray for President Vladimir Putin, military commanders and the country’s politicians, who must make the right decisions “at this difficult time.” The head of the Russian Orthodox Church spoke to believers in the monastery “St. Daniil” in Moscow after the liturgy for the medieval grand princes Alexander Nevsky and his son Daniil of Moscow. Both are venerated as saints by the Russian Orthodox Church.

“The grand princes we remember today – Alexander Nevsky and Daniel of Moscow – managed to combine the political mission, the military mission, the leadership of the troops and the army with their holiness. And perhaps this combination is a guarantee that a country that has this kind of leadership will never commit war crimes,” Patriarch Kirill said.

He reiterated his support for what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church sees the “operation” as a bulwark against the West, which he describes as decadent.

“Today, when we live in a very difficult time, our prayer is special: for the head of our state and Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, who has a special responsibility. Our special prayer is also for all military commanders and those in power. May God make them wiser, strengthen them, advise them and protect them from sins and mistakes – and at the same time inspire them to take actions that will protect our homeland from all outsiders … even from the most dangerous and terrible threats,” said Patriarch Kirill.

In March, shortly after the start of the military operation on February 24, Patriarch Kirill said that Russia was engaged in a metaphysical battle in the Donbass region of Ukraine, where Orthodox Christians do not accept “false” Western values.

Kirill is expected to attend the Seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Nur-Sultan this week, and Pope Francis, who leaves for the Kazakh capital on Tuesday, has repeatedly said he is open to talks with him.