The Russian Orthodox Church and the Church of England discussed the priorities of cooperation

© Photo : courtesy of the press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Rusistika the Patriarch and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Archive photoThe Russian Orthodox Church and the Church of England discussed the priorities of cooperation© Photo : courtesy of the press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has called the post-war reconstruction of Syria and Iraq, the crucial issue of cooperation between the two faiths.

«The question of post-war reconstruction of Syria and Iraq is the most important topic for practical cooperation between Christians in the coming years,» — said in a joint statement, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church and spiritual leader of Anglicans at the meeting in Moscow.

In addition, the Patriarch and the Archbishop called on the international community to take immediate action to support Christians and other groups in the Middle East. According to them, the middle East, it is necessary to provide security and to rebuild the infrastructure, to the Christians back there again.

«Large-scale humanitarian assistance is needed for the suffering people and many refugees, including those in Europe and America,» they say.

Head of the Russian Church and the Church of England has urged religious and political leaders around the world to join efforts to search for effective ways to counter extremism.

«An important aspect of this cooperation is inter-religious dialogue. Differences in creed should not prevent the representatives of different religions to live in peace and harmony, which are key to a good future for the world,» said the religious leaders.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby for the first time makes a visit to Moscow, which, as emphasized in the British Embassy, is pastoral, Ecumenical and political.

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