31 January 2019, 21:23
Russian Orthodox Church plays important role in strengthening moral, spiritual foundations of society - Putin
Moscow, January 31, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia for supporting Orthodox communities abroad and for the Church's peacemaking activities.
"The noble selfless devotion of the Russian Orthodox Church spreads over its entire canonical territory. And we are grateful to His Holiness for the permanent attention to our compatriots and for supporting foreign communities, for the tireless efforts to strengthen trust between countries and peoples, for the expansion of humanitarian contacts," Putin said at a Thursday event which marked the tenth anniversary of the Church's Local Assembly that elected the patriarch.
"Such an honest, impeccable service Patriarch Kirill has demonstrated is an example of a true love for the Fatherland and for our people and the successes achieved in this sphere lay down foundations for the development of the Church for decades to come," Putin said.
"The Russian Orthodox Church will continue to remain an effective peacemaking force and will, as it already does, facilitate the strengthening of friendship and good-neighborliness, support our compatriots and people of the Orthodox culture," Putin said.
"Fraternal inter-church relations have historically united peoples, brought them closer, served for the development of equal relations between Russia and many foreign countries," Putin said.
Today the high purpose of the Russian Orthodox Church is extremely sought-after, the president said. The Russian state will continue to develop the creative partnership in all significant areas: bringing up the young generation, preserving the cultural patrimony, solving the quotidian social problems," Putin said.
Resolving, without exaggeration, the historical challenges the country faces today would be "impossible without preserving its identity, unity and solidarity," the president said.
"They are built on the values which were once revered by the Orthodox and Russia's other traditional religions: mercy, honesty and fairness, care for thy neighbor and family, respect for parents and children, love of the Motherland. Becoming oblivious to these values risks leading to the most devastating consequences: human depersonalization and degradation, a possibility of falling victim to the lowest and basest of manipulations," Putin said.
The society, the state and the church share the duty to "preserve and strengthen our spiritual-moral basis, (...) not to lose ourselves in an era of global upheavals," he said.