2017-11-30 10:18:00

Russian Church will help Syria all it can with post-war problems - Patriarch Kirill

Moscow, November 30, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church intends to provide post-war assistance to Syria, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said.

"It's time to think seriously about the solution of the problems that Syria will face after peace is established. The creation of conditions for Christians to live in safety and the return of refugees are very important issues. It is necessary to rebuild destroyed churches, infrastructure, and housing. The Russian Orthodox Church will do all it can to help in this process," Patriarch Kirill said at the Bishops' Council in Moscow.

The patriarch spoke about the importance of his meeting with the Pope in February 2016 for determining and resolving the conflict in the Middle East. The persecution of Christians was called what it is, "genocide," after the joint statement was signed, the patriarch said.