Patriarch Kirill calls for reliable protection for citizens

Moscow, January 25, 2011

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has called on the people of Russia to unite in the aftermath of the Domodedovo Airport bombing.

"The location of the explosion, which is an airport, which people use to go on business trips and vacation, indicates that the terrorist attack was targeted against the civilian population. There is and there can be no justification for such criminal aggression," the Patriarch said in a special statement published on the Moscow Patriarchate website.

All people should now "unite to fight the inhumane attacks that kill innocent people," the Primate of Russian Church said.

"All resources of the state and society should be used to ensure reliable protection of our citizens," he said in a statement.

Patriarch Kirill called the Domodedovo bombing "a horrific crime," saying that human life "is a gift from God and encroachments on it constitute a crime not only against people, but also against the Creator."

"The people who have committed this have put themselves outside law, both human and divine," he said.

Patriarch Kirill said he is praying for the souls of the victims and "prompt comfort of their relatives and loved ones and speedy recovery of everyone who was injured."

Interfax - Religion

26 января 2011 г.

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