Patriarch Kirill urges Europeans to follow Christ contrary to public fashion

Natalya Mihailova | 08 December 2016
Zurich, December 7, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, who is visiting Switzerland, urged Christians not to cave in to the "mainstream" of public tastes, but following the martyrs' example to witness to unchangeable truth of God.

“Modern society is inclined to see in the Church a certain system that serves to its demands and even its tastes. And if tastes of modern society contradict to Christian convictions, then there appears a theme of witnessing to the truth of God. We know how sometimes Christian communities cave in to these tastes <…> as if they accept that they are ready to consider these tastes and thus step aside from the truth of God,” the patriarch said on Wednesday after the liturgy on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Russian parish of Resurrection in Zurich.

He recalled martyrs of the old, who witnessed to Christ Crucified and Resurrected.

“But martyrdom has not ceased. We know that it takes place today <…> and all of us are called to witness to God’s truth,” the primate said.

The context of this witness can be different, it may include the sphere of public relations, mass media, social nets, families. And each Christian parent should witness to children the truth of God,” the patriarch said.

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