Moscow, February 28, Interfax - The leaders and representatives of Russia's leading religious organizations have supported the idea of mentioning God and outlining the concept of marriage in the Constitution.
A unified meeting of the Russian Interreligious Council and the Christian Interreligious Consultative Committee was held in Moscow at the invitation of Patriarch Kirill on Friday. The meeting was attended by head of the external church relations department of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Hilarion, supreme mufti of the Central Spiritual Muslim Board of Russia Talgat Tajuddin, Russia's chief rabbi Berel Lazar, Armenian Archbishop Yezras Nersisyan, Catholic Archbishop Pavel Pezzi, leader of the Pentecostal Church Sergey Ryakhovsky, and the heads of other protestant churches.
"Establishing peace in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country, we support the proposal to mention God in the text of the updated Constitution, we regard it as the establishment of the value of religious convictions of the peoples of our country, historically and culturally related to the religions represented by us, and also spiritual continuity in relation to our ancestors," a communique issued at the meeting, which was obtained by Interfax, said.
Representatives of various religious organizations also believe that the constitutional amendments outlining the idea of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, provisions aimed at protecting traditional family values, including the rights of parents to provide such education and instruction to their children that is in line with their religious and philosophical conditions, protection of the history and culture of the country, the status of the Russian language, support to compatriots, and the preservation of the memory of defenders of the fatherland are important.
The religious leaders also welcomed the changes to the Constitution that create extra conditions for ensuring the socio-economic wellbeing of Russians and the unity of the country.