The message reads, in part:
“Established in 1998, the Council has become an influential forum for maintaining an effective dialogue between spiritual leaders and representatives of traditional faiths in Russia on the most important matters concerning the country and society.
The Council’s key priorities include efforts to preserve our invaluable spiritual, cultural and historical heritage, facilitate interaction between different ethnic groups and religions, and develop effective cooperation with government authorities in education and charity, as well as in strengthening the institution of the family and family values and educating the younger generation.
These numerous and wide-ranging activities deserve the deepest respect and support. And of course, they help foster civil peace and harmony in the country.”
The Russian Interreligious Council brings together leaders of the country’s Orthodox, Muslim, Judaist and Buddhist communities. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is the Honorary Chairman of the Russian Interreligious Council.