By Kostas Onisenko
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow referred to the coronavirus in his Christmas message. Russian Orthodox celebrate Christmas tomorrow.
The Russian Patriarch called on the faithful to pray for the speedy recovery of patients and for the strengthening of doctors and other medical staff struggling with the disease that has struck humanity.
“The peoples of the world have been going through difficult trials due to the new disease. The hearts of the people are full of fear and anxiety for the future, and, therefore, it is important to reinforce the synodal and private prayer and to show the Lord through our good deeds that we have been working hard,” he said in his message.
Patriarch Kirill called on the faithful to be doing good deeds during the holidays: “The spirit of humans cannot be broken with problems provided that one remains steadfast in his or her faith and relies on God,” he said.