December 9, 2015
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia urges all healthy forces of society to unite towards the spiritual revival of the country.
"It is very important that all healthy forces of society today unite for the true revival of Russia. The Church, science, art, culture, education, sport - all these things should work together for strengthening the spiritual foundations of our people," the patriarch said on air in his program The Pastor's Word on The First Channel.
"We should revive the force of our spirit, we should revive our powerful and strong moral foundations. We should revive our national self-identification. We should revive the spiritual strength of our people. And those things which define the true revival are connected with a person's spiritual life," he is convinced.
According to the primate, a powerful wave of information crashes upon us today which "contains false goals and values, but it is packed in such an attractive package, in such a wrapping that it conceals the harmfulness of these goals and values."
"Though some people believe that the Church too actively participates in public life, sociological polls show that people have not heard the Church and it is preconditioned by the fact that the mass media mostly works for other ideals and other values," he stated.
The patriarch believes Russia can become "a factor for saving the human race from the total supremacy of evil," as "today it is one of the few countries, which sticks to independent foreign policy, and stands for the necessity of preserving moral foundations in interpersonal and public relations."
"We stand against legalization and the legal justification of homosexual 'marriages' and other outrages in the ethical sphere. And it is a very important factor. Look: a business card, in some places is recognition of the fact that the sin is legally justified there and it is correct," he said.
The patriarch also touched upon the topic of sanctions against Russia noting that "import substitution today stimulates the development of the Russian economy." He is sure the country will stop depending on the importation of goods if no one prevents it from such development.