Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill congratulated Donbass children on Christmas

08 January 2015
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Moscow, January 8. /TASS/. The Christmas New Year Show for inmates of children's homes and for Donbass refugees took place at the State Kremlin Palace on Thursday; Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill personally congratulated children on Christmas holiday.

«I wanted to meet with you for a special purpose. You came from Donbass, from the land where the blood is shedding. We all know how Donbass people are suffering, and your parents – fathers, mothers, grandmothers and grandfathers too», - the Head of the Church told.

He wished that «God overcame the human sin with Its Power, and internecine war, victims, people`s sufferings vanished from the face of Donbass and from the earth of the whole world ». «If everything was good, you didn`t come here. We did all we could for you in order to feel like you are among native people who care about you», the Patriarch said.

He noted that «Church is a community of native people». «As soon as we become Christians, we become closer to each other, in the Sacrament of Baptism we approach each other, become closer and native », - the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church told.

On the Kremlin New Year show there were 100 refugee children from the eastern Ukraine. The financial help for families was provided by the department of the church charity.