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17471Putin praises Russian Patriarch's care for citizens' concerns

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Feb 2, 2013

      01 February 2013, 18:02
      Putin praises Russian Patriarch's care for citizens' concerns

      Moscow, February 1, Interfax - President Vladimir Putin has
      congratulated Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on his
      enthronement day.

      "You have assumed enormous responsibility for the entire Orthodox flock,
      and your heart is filled with concern for each churchgoer, for each of
      the smallest of the parishes," Putin told the Patriarch on Friday.

      Putin also said he had discussed various aspects of life in Russia on
      many occasions with Patriarch Kirill. "I know - not by hearsay - that
      you are one with the country and with the people in tackling tragedies
      and in celebrating successes," he said.

      "You have been doing a great deal to bring up the younger generation in
      the spirit of patriotism and to help our compatriots abroad maintain
      contact with their homeland," the president said.

      The Patriarch thanked the president for his greetings and for his being
      open for meetings and discussions of the most pressing problems. He also
      said that since he was enthroned four years ago, dialogue between the
      church and the state has been broadening. "This dialogue helps solve
      many problems arising in Russian citizens' lives," the Patriarch said.

      "Quality of life is measured by spiritual values, not only material
      wealth," he said. "Relations between church and state in Russia help the
      church to fully administer its service, inspire people in their
      spiritual and material life, engage in charitable activities, and take
      care of the younger generation, and disabled and elderly people," he said.