The Patriarch called for «vigorous development» the outlying regions of Moscow

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and All Russia KirillThe Patriarch called for «vigorous development» the outlying regions of Moscow© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill urged «very vigorously and rapidly» to develop remote areas of the Moscow and Central regions of the country that people left these places and here could deliver on their talents.

The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church on Friday took part in celebrations on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birthday of the head of the Russian ecclesiastical mission in Jerusalem Archimandrite Antonin (Kapustin) in his homeland in the Urals, in the Kurgan region.

Earlier in Russia a wide public resonance was aroused by the proposal to move the capital of Russia beyond the Urals, which is contained in the «Doctrine of razmokanija». According to the author of the initiative, the head of the Supervisory Council of the Institute of demography, migration and regional development Yuri Krupnova, Russia «hypercentralisation» — Moscow region «has absorbed almost one fifth of the entire Russian population.»

«Of the common people, from the province we had, and I’m sure and today there are very talented people. This province, which never was a «province» because of the talent of our people, and a strong Russia. And why it is so important to today’s, modern life distant from Moscow and Central regions have evolved and developed very vigorously, dynamically, so that people never left these places», — the Patriarch said after the opening of the monument of Archimandrite Antonin in the village of Baturino Shadrinsky district.

According to him, in the regions it is necessary to create «the conditions for a comfortable, secure life, here on these lands, flourished the talents of our people.» «If so, Russia will be invincible,» said the Patriarch.

He reminded that the Russian Orthodox Church today emphasizes remote from the center regions of Russia, creating the new diocese, seeking to open churches, Church educational centers and schools. The same active outreach, said the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, led more than a hundred years ago and Creator of the famous «Russian Palestine» Archimandrite Antonin (Kapustin).

«He was able to combine secular knowledge and science with their deep religious beliefs, spirituality – with practical and even political activities. It should be people rooted in the spiritual and cultural traditions and at the same time is able to bring the benefit to the Fatherland», — concluded the Patriarch.

Archimandrite Antonin (Kapustin) was the head of the Russian ecclesiastical mission in Jerusalem more than a quarter century — from 1865 until his death in 1894, was the founder of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian society. Thanks to his work there was such a thing as «Russian Palestine» — significant property and land holdings of Russia in the Holy Land. Died at the age of 76 years, buried in his the Annunciation Cathedral in the eponymous Russian convent on the mount of olives.

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