Russian patriarch says sacrificing life in war washes “all sins”
Russian orthodox patriarch Cyril prays for a quick end to the “internal battle” in Ukraine and for Russia to win.
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Cyril said Russians who sacrificed their lives on the battlefield in Ukraine had washed away “all their sins”.
“We know that today many are dying on the internal battlefields. The Church prays that this battle ends as soon as possible, so that as few brothers as possible kill each other in this fratricidal war,” the Russian patriarch said in a sermon delivered on Sunday night, quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency.
Cyril added that the Russian Orthodox Church “realizes that if someone, moved by a sense of duty, by the need to fulfill his oath, remains faithful to his vocation and does what he thinks is his duty and if, in the fulfillment of this duty, he that person dies, then undoubtedly commits an act equivalent to a sacrifice for others.”
“We believe that this sacrifice washes away all the sins that a person has committed,” said the Russian patriarch, who also prayed for a quick end to the “internal battle” in Ukraine and for Russia’s victory.
“The Church, which exercises its pastoral ministry towards the peoples of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and so many other peoples in the immensity of historic Russia, today suffers especially and prays especially for an immediate end to the internal struggles,” he said.
Cyril also prayed for “the triumph of justice, because without justice there can be no lasting peace, for the re-establishment of fraternal communion, for the overcoming of everything that has accumulated over the years and that has led to this bloody conflict”.
The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine has already caused the flight of more than 13 million people – more than six million internally displaced people and more than 7.4 million to European countries – according to the most recent data from the UN, which ranks this refugee crisis as the worst in Europe since the Second World War (1939-1945).
The Russian invasion – justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security – was condemned by the generality of the international community, which has responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing it on Russia. of political and economic sanctions.
The UN presented as confirmed since the beginning of the war 5916 dead and 8616 wounded civilians, underlining that these numbers are far below the real ones.
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