Anniversary of Tsar's family shooting reminds that violence is inadmissible - Alexy II
04 May 2008, 11:39
Anniversary of Tsar's family shooting reminds that violence is
inadmissible - Alexy II
Moscow, May 4, Interfax - Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II
called on Russians to recall the historic lesson of the shooting of
the family of Russian Emperor Nicholas II in connection with the 90th
anniversary of this tragic event.
"I am sure that to all people that used to be part of the Russian
Empire this date should remind them of the inadmissibility of illegal
violence in making social transformations," Alexy II said at the
reception organized by the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with Easter.
The main events commemorating the 90th anniversary of the shooting
will be held in Yekaterinburg in July, he said.
Russia has already passed through "difficult years of godlessness,"
and currently religious principles are coming back to the society.
"Spiritual renaissance in this country continues to bring good fruit
to the social life and serves to gather the Russian community," he said.
He said he was glad that in the year that passed since the
reunification of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox
Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) the "brotherly ties" have
consolidated on the level of dioceses, parishes and monasteries and
The elections of the first ROCOR hierarch will be held in May. "I am
sure that the process of spiritual consolidation of the Russian
community, consolidation of the ties of the Church outside of the
motherland will continue," he said.
This country has acquired an ability "to support itself in its
spiritual tradition in development of internal life and reveal its
experience to the whole world," he said.