2021-10-13 14:16:00

Patriarch Kirill hopes Armenia, Azerbaijan religious leaders can influence minds of conflicting parties in Karabakh

Moscow, October 13, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said that he hopes that the authority of Catholicos Karekin II of All Armenians and Caucasus Muslims Board Chairman Allahshukur Pasha-zade can help overcome the consequences of the lengthy conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

"I believe that the authority of the religious leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia can have a good influence on people's minds, and I believe that the very fact of today's meeting and dialogue between you will be an example to everyone," Patriarch Kirill said on Wednesday when opening a trilateral meeting of the religious leaders on Nagorno-Karabakh settlement in St. Daniel's Monastery in Moscow on Wednesday.

The religious leaders and their communities are working to "mitigate this tragic conflict" and have preached love and mercy even when it seemed impossible for almost 30 years, he said.

There are people who use religion to justify violence, cruelty, and bloodshed and called for a definite response to such attempts, Patriarch Kirill said with regret.

"Religious wars are a horrible, sinful page in the history of mankind, and we should currently do everything to ensure that the concepts of religion and war are not joined into one whole," he said.

The religious leaders are responsible for the future of the younger generations, he said. "If we now silently watch alienation, mutual grievances, and even hatred grow among the young people, then these weeds will grow tomorrow, and it will be very difficult to pull them out. They will grow into strong plants, which can kill the fertility of the spiritual soil and harm the environment," he said.