2017-10-06 18:48:00

Godless society will not conquer extremism - Vatican representative in Russia

Moscow, October 6, Interfax - The Roman Catholic Church believes that the religious factor is necessary in fighting terrorism and extremism.

"It's impossible to conquer fundamentalism, extremism and violence while betting on secularism and ignoring religion," Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See's apostolic nuncio to Russia, said at a meeting of the committee of representatives of Orthodox Churches in the European Union in Moscow.

The Vatican representative said that the responsibility of members of religious communities needed to "save of extremist ideas in religion" increases in this situation.

Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the external church liaison of the Moscow Patriarchate, said that the Russian church "gives special attention to the development of dialogue with traditional religious communities and is actively working in the Russian Inter-Religious Council to counter the terrorist threat and thanked local churches for supporting the canonical Orthodox Church which is being persecuted in Ukraine, saying he hopes that they will continue supporting it.