2005-10-25 13:31:00

Inter-church dialog helps fight terrorism - Kamynin

Moscow, October 25, Interfax - The dialog between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church may play a key role in countering terrorism and extremism, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin.

"World religions may contribute greatly to the inter-civilizational dialog and to the development of a model of international interaction that will not use religious slogans to uncoil extremism and violence. The Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church may play a key role in the process," Kamynin told journalists on Tuesday.

His comments, which are linked to the Moscow visit of the Holy See's Secretary for Relations with States Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, are published on the ministry's web-site.

"Due to the necessity to unite all good forces worldwide to fight new challenges and threats, the leading Christian and other religions are particularly responsible for promoting stability and predictability in the contemporary world," Kamynin said.

Russia and the Vatican share the same position on many international issues and "the opinion of the Vatican, which acts on many issues on behalf of Catholic believers of the world, is very important" to Moscow, he said.

The parties will discuss UN reform, prospects for Russia-Vatican interaction within the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and other European institutions, Iraqi, the Middle East and the Balkans.