*** Russia guards Christian heritage of the Old World
Moscow, June 9, Interfax - Expert on Christian shrines Mikhail Arteyev believes that Russians' level of spirituality can be compared to Europeans of the Middle Ages.
"I would say that Russia today is more like Europe of the Middle Ages, more than Europe itself, and it is wonderful. Today Russia is Europe's guardian," he said in his interview with Interfax-Religion.
According to Arteyev, "all European greatest works of art, churches, culture in general were based mostly on Roman and church components."
The interviewee of the agency believes that "mass Catholicism has blown off."
"They consider the Church a kind of membership club with church parties, trips to Taize, concerts, even rock concerts, but church component passes away. In Russia people mostly search blessed elders, grace, they search specific spiritual elements," he said.