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Patriarch Kirill: Religious leaders’ co-op aimed at Karabakh conflict settlement is ‘an example of peacekeeping mission’


Cooperation among the religious leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia aimed at the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is one of the examples of peacekeeping mission, reads a message of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia addressed to participants of the international conference “Russia-Azerbaijan: Interfaith Dialogue and Islamic Solidarity for Peace, Security and Cooperation”, which was held in St. Petersburg on Thursday, APA’s Russia bureau reported.

 

The message was read out by Archbishop Ambrose of Peterhof.

 

In his message, Patriarch Kirill emphasized the cooperation between the Caucasian Muslims Office and the Moscow Patriarchate.

 

"The Moscow Patriarchate appreciates the long-term relations characterized by a high degree of mutual trust with the Caucasian Muslims Office. Respected Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade, a great friend of mine whom have I known for 40 years and who I consider to be a supporter of dialogue and a partner in peacekeeping, has had a huge role in this work,” said Patriarch Kirill.

 

He emphasized that clerics and religious leaders should react together to the problem of extremism.

 

"It is clear that the spread of extremism is due to the fact that religious education is weak and young people can not properly assess information received from information channels. Therefore, we must cultivate the spirit of respect by promoting spiritual education,” Patriarch Kirill said in his message.

 

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