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MOSCOW, September 5 (Itar-Tass) — Profane actions in Orthodox churches and cutting down of crosses in several regions are a planned ideological act in order to struggle against the Church and the values that it preaches, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said.
Speaking at a session of the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church on Wednesday, Patriarch Kirill said, “According to preliminary information, in certain cases barbarous acts were committed by young people. Either these people feel angry with the Church and its representatives or they are the instruments of those who consciously stand against Christ and the Christ Word. This proves that it is necessary to preach the Evangelical Truth Light by avouching words with good deeds, love to people and responsibility for the cause that the Church entrusted us.”
According to the Russian Orthodox Church primate, “the Church’s cordial attitude towards every person is able to melt alienation if there is no conscious and planned ideological act in order to struggle against the Church and the values that the Church preaches.”
“We should understand whom we do deal with. An approach should be different to different groups. Where we see people’s deception, the conscious participation in profane actions or their insulting words towards the Church we should realise the origin of this phenomenon and react to it properly,” Patriarch Kirill said.