Moscow, March 23, 2016
Western European countries lack a coordinated effort in the struggle against terrorism, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes.
"Along with condolences we express hope that authorities in Belgium, in Western European countries and everywhere where the danger of terrorism persists, will work as actively as possible in cooperation with each other. If terrorism is a global phenomenon, then the response should also be global. It is necessary to coordinate actions," the patriarch said opening on Wednesday a session of the Supreme Church Council in Moscow.
"Much is said about it today. But unfortunately those who should fight against terrorism in global scale still lack a full-fledged coordination of actions," he stressed.
The primate believes the phenomenon of terrorism should be seriously considered, even theologically.
"All those explanations that exist in political discourse are superficial. I have the feeling that no one has really touched the ontological depth of the problem. What are the roots of such radicalism? What feeds it? What external factors motivate terrorist activities?" the patriarch said. He also urged the participants in the session to work out their own response to the challenges of terrorism.
"As always, some will agree with this response, some won't, some will welcome it, some will sneer. However, the reaction to our words is not our responsibility. Our responsibility is to think, to pray, to spare no effort for making the world better, as care for the world around us is the part of our shared concern for the salvation of the human race," he continued.