09 September 2013, 11:28
Patriarch Kirill calls for unity of Moldovan
Chisinau, September 9, Interfax - The lack of consolidation of
political forces creates many problems for Moldova, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow
and All Russia told Moldovan Parliament Speaker Igor Corman in Chisinau on
"This process is incomplete and it has an extremely unfavorable
effect on people's life. People are tired of confusion, never-ending elections
and change of administration," he said.
The meeting was also attended by
deputies from various parliamentary groups.
The patriarch stressed that
the efforts he was taking in the countries of his responsibility as the head of
the Russian Orthodox Church aimed "to prevent elections from disturbing
fundamentals of people's life." The achievement of this goal requires "the
recognition by all parties of fundamental values, which constitute spirituality
of the man and the society", he added.
The patriarch wished Moldovan
politicians "to protect fundamental values together" and said the goal was not
difficult to attain in Moldova, one of the most religious countries of the
The fact that the overwhelming majority of citizens are Orthodox
believers should reduce "the heat of political debates. The degree of political
confrontment should be lesser and it should be calmer," he said.
Corman called for using the Church's potential to improve living standards in
the republic. "The parliament is united whenever we speak about the spiritual
development of our country and citizens. This is important at this crucial time
because the state and the Church have the same goals," Corman told Patriarch
It is important "not to forget about spiritual progress" while
fostering economic prosperity, the speaker said. "We should be working together
with the Church," Corman stressed.
Religion unites people and contributes
to the strengthening of statehood and people's identity, he said. Corman noted
the role of the Church and personally Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and all
Moldova in that process. He also declared a special social role of the Church
and thanked Patriarch Kirill for his involvement in the opening of a center for
assistance to Moldovan immigrants in Russia last year.
Patriarch Kirill met with Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca in Chisinau on
"You are a symbol of faith and an example of service to the
people, justice and spirituality to be followed by many," Leanca told Patriarch
Kirill. "The Church has played and will continue to play a very important role
and help us convince people that we can pull through the hard times," he
"We need unity and as you, Your Holiness, has correctly said this
unity should be achieved for the sake of something great," the premier said
referring to the sermon the patriarch delivered after Sunday's liturgy service.
The sermon asked the people of Moldova to preserve their Orthodox
The patriarch said he had heard claims made before his visits to
post-Soviet republics alleging that "he was an ambassador of Moscow who would
try to force someone to do something."
"I am the Patriarch of all Russia,
which means I am not the Patriarch of the Russian Federation, Ukraine or
Moldova. I make no distinction between citizens of Russia, Moldova or any other
country. The Russian Church is present in 62 states," the Church head
He said he was speaking on behalf of God and conveying God's
message, which "must sound very loudly now because the world, especially Western
Europe, is losing faith."