Moscow, January 8, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has criticized people who do not believe in the danger posed by the coronavirus pandemic and defy recommendations from public health authorities.
"I know that there are people who do not believe in anything - neither in this disease nor in its danger - and disregard medical recommendations. But we, the faithful, know that there are not only these stupid people, and we can call them that, but there are also large numbers of those who do not believe in God either," Patriarch Kirill after an Orthodox Christmas Eve liturgy at the Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow.
The phenomenon of unbelief does exist, and it is always dangerous, he said.
"It is very dangerous when people do not believe in God. It is lethally dangerous, as is dangerous today if people do not believe in the spread of the infection and are doing nothing to protect themselves from it," the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said.
He urged people to wear protective masks, practice social distancing, and "refrain from doing a great deal of things we are accustomed to because our carelessness may result in [spreading] this horrible disease."