Russian Patriarch Kirill is back on the scene. “If you die, you will go to God,” he told the mobilized

Russian Patriarch Kirill is back on the scene. “If you die, you will go to God,” he told the mobilized
Russian Patriarch Kirill is back on the scene. “If you die, you will go to God,” he told the mobilized

During an impassioned sermon in Moscow, Moscow Patriarch Kirill urged Russian citizens not to be afraid of mobilization and to go and fulfill their military duty. If they fall in battle, their reward will be entry into God’s kingdom, reported the news channel Nexta or the American Newsweek.

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church is repeatedly among the supporters of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. And it is no different even during the ongoing mobilization, which caused panic among people in Russia, created hour-long queues at the borders or bought tickets after the first hours.

“Go boldly to fulfill your military duty. And remember that if you lay down your life for your country, your fellow man, you will be with God in his kingdom, glory and eternal life,” Patriarch Kirill said in a sermon, according to media reports, shortly after Russia announced a “partial” mobilization aimed at according to the Russian leadership, up to 300,000 more people will get to the front.

Kirill’s statements in support of President Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have sparked international outrage in recent months. Britain, Canada, Lithuania and Ukraine have put the conservative patriarch on their sanctions lists for his support for the war. The Hungarian government, with its veto in June, prevented the European Union from doing the same.

Pope Francis also responded to him last week. Religion must never justify war and God must not become a hostage to man’s desire for power, he said at the start of a world meeting of religious leaders in Kazakhstan. According to Reuters, he said so in an apparent allusion to Russian Patriarch Kirill, who has repeatedly supported the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

On the contrary, Patriarch Kirill last week called on the faithful to pray for President Vladimir Putin and the Russian army. According to the top representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, the country has embarked on a “fatal mission” against foreign powers that want to destroy its independence. At a time when the Russian invasion troops withdrew practically from the entire Kharkiv region after the Ukrainian counter-offensive, the patriarch admitted that Russia was going through a “very difficult period”, Kathpress reported.


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