2016-05-16 00:00:00

Nalchik, May 16, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has described a "catastrophe" the West's departure from Christian moral values.

"We know what enormous efforts today are being made to prevent primarily the Christians from authentic understanding of the Divine moral law. And we know what catastrophe is taking place in Western Europe and in general across the rich American-European world," the patriarch said after performing a great consecration and liturgy at a church of Mary Magdalene in Nalchik on Sunday.

Many Christians in the West are forgetting their roots, re-considering the foundations of morality, "justify the sin not only within their community, but also support the sinful laws which justify the sin," the Russian church leader said.

"Nothing of the kind is happening in our country because both the Orthodox Christians and Muslims are not prepared to live by laws that disagree with God's will and with the Divine moral law. This is our basis, which is why we have the foundation for building our coexistance," he said.

Photo by the press service of Patriarch Kirill