Patriarch Kirill Cautions Against Media Sensationalism
MOSCOW, April 13 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Orthodox Church officials
must exercise caution while commenting on events that come into public
focus as the church's opinion holds sway over millions of believers,
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said.
The church officials have been frequently criticized by the media and
the public for delayed reaction on high-profile events in Russia's
political and social life, including the controversy around Pussy Riot
and the so-called Dima Yakovlev law
"I believe it is wrong to mix the church's mission in the informational
space with an instant reaction to trifle matters of the world, which
lives in a Twitter mode itself and often pushes us to do the same,"
Kirill said at a meeting of the Supreme Church Council on Friday.
"We must not use the Twitter language when we talk about salvation,"
Kirill said. "Even while living in a constant informational noise, the
Church must always seek to achieve its main goal -- to save human souls."
The influence of the Orthodox Church has been on the rise since the
collapse of the Soviet Union, despite the fact that the Russian
Constitution separates the church from the state.
A public opinion survey conducted by the Kremlin-backed pollster Public
Opinion Foundation (FOM) last year showed 65% of Russians have
confidence in the Church.
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