18949Patriarch Kirill urges safety of clergy
- Dec 19, 2013http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=10972
19 December 2013, 10:10
Patriarch Kirill urges safety of clergy
Moscow, December 19, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All
Russia said he urged protecting clergy from attacks of extremists.
"I think that society and authorities should protect spiritual teachers,
whose word is tested with life. Shedding the blood of religious leaders
should be recognized as an especially vicious crime by society," the
Patriarch said during the meeting of the Russian Interreligious Council
celebrating its 15th anniversary.
The meeting participants had a minute of silence to honor the memory of
As to the desecration of religious relics, "these provocations are the
attempts to incite enmity between representatives of different
religions, nations and beliefs and to destroy the long-standing
principles of dialog and cooperation," Patriarch Kirill said. "Amid such
conditions we, leaders of traditional religions, should show everyone
the example of support in difficult situation and to resist such crimes
jointly," the patriarch said.
The activities of traditional communities "become the most important
conditions of spiritual and physical safety of citizens," Patriarch