2015-01-23 10:16:00

Russia could be one of world's last civilizations - Church official

Moscow, January 23, Interfax - The head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin thinks that by the end of this century Russia could remain the only key civilization capable to renew the world.

"The most important thing is not the economy, not the exchange rate of the ruble, not the volume of the goods and financial assets which move from our country into another and vice versa. The most important thing is not the weapon," he said during the Third Christmas Parliamentary Meetings in the State Duma.

The most important thing is what the nation lives for, what its values are, for which it is prepared to think beyond the life of an individual, a generation and even a whole nation, the Russian Orthodox Church representative said.

"Faith, values and integrity must have the central place in the life of nations and the state, and we must spend the rest of the 21st century fighting for it, talking about it, and acting in the name of it," he said.

All this is to ensure that by the next century or maybe even earlier "we become conscious of ourselves and really become one of the world's key civilizations and probably the only key civilization that possesses values that can renew, change and re-structure the life of the current world heading into fall," the archpriest said.