14 June 2016, 11:01
Russian culture and religiosity attracts new apostolic nuncio to Russia
Moscow, June 14, Interfax – The new Apostolic Nuncio to Russia Archbishop Celestino Migliore tells he is learning Russian and is keen on Russian culture.
"More than a thousand-year history of Russia attracts me, various peoples coexist and interact in it, it has a succession, historical, cultural and political turns, versatility of culture, literature of great, epic scale, deep religiosity," the nuncio said in the first after his appointment interview with Interfax-Religion.
He has such impression about Russia from reading novels of great Russian writers, "from music rooted in bylinas, folk roundelays, hymns of the Russian Orthodox Church, from theological thought of Vladimir Solovyov and Pavel Florensky."
Speaking about the Russian Orthodox Church, the archbishop confessed he had always been impressed "by its great mystical inspiration, its deep feeling of the Liturgy, and conviction that Christianity can not be reduced to the set of values, but a personal meeting with Christ is its core."
The nuncio said it was not easy for him to learn Russian as it the first time he got acquainted with the Cyrillic and it is going to take some time to master writing and reading.
"However, I am inspired with this work," he said.
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