*** As the birth rates grow, the Church Primate hopes that our vast spaces will be inhabited by our people rather than strangers with alien culture and alien faith
Belgorod, May 4, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia stresses the importance of solving Russia's demographical problems and improving nation's health.
"What's the good of having economy, if our nation is sick? How will we reclaim these boundless spaces, vast lands, not only in European part of Russia, but in Siberia as well?" the Primate said at organizational meeting of the Belgorod branch of the World Russian People's Council.
He reminded that birth rates had recently grown in Russia.
"We hope this tendency will be stable and our people rather than strangers with alien culture and alien faith will inhabit our vast lands inherited from God and our hardworking forefathers and this greatest treasure – our land – will be cultivated by descendants of those who merged it to the great Russian state," Patriarch Kirill said.