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His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has held a meeting with Karelian public

Patriarch Kirill

Patriarch Kirill

Within the framework of his visit to Karelia on June 3 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has held a public meeting. Auditorium of the Musical Theater seated representatives of authorities, public and youth organizations, students, bishops, representatives of the clergy, parishioners. Sergey Katanandov, Head of the Republic of Karelia, has taken part in the meeting.

Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church has addressed the people of the Republic of Karelia with the primatial words.

In his speech Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church has touched upon many issues of the present. He spoke simply of the complicated, but all in all hiss speech concerned the only subject of the purpose of human life. Patriarch spoke of the role of ecclesiastical wisdom in modern informational society, of a difference between the faith and ideology, culture, and that "words told by God and addressed to the people are clear to all ages, all generations, nations and peoples."

Patriarch Kirill at the meeting with Karelian public

Patriarch Kirill at the meeting with Karelian public

Patriarch Kirill has also answered several questions from the audience concerning his attitude towards school academic course of the fundamentals of religious cultures and secular ethics, roles of the church in moral upbringing of youth, their choice of profession, differences and similarities between religious and secular cultures. His Holiness, in particular, has noted that any compulsion at studying of religious disciplines at school is inadmissible, everything should be voluntary, as intrusion causes people's anger. However, fundamentals of Orthodox culture, Patriarch Kirill said, "is a very important subject without which it is impossible to understand the meaning of historical process of Russia."

Patriarch Kirill and the management of PetrSU

Patriarch Kirill and the management of PetrSU

On completion of the meeting in the State Musical Theater President of Petrozavodsk State University Victor Vasiliev and the University Rector Anatoly Voronin have presented Patriarch Kirill with a Certificate on awarding him with the rank of the Honorary Doctor of PetrSU. Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church who has the academic rank of a Professor, used to occupy the post of the Rector of St.Petersburg Ecclesiastical Academy, is honoured with special degrees from many universities has accepted the gift gratefully, having mentioned that he appreciated all kinds of academic awards.

Seeing His Holiness off, citizens of Karelia give him a long ovation. "The colder is the climate, the hotter are the hearts," – Patriarch mentioned.

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