Jerusalem must remain the spiritual centre of three world religions, believe in the ROC

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U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel can disrupt the established in this city, the balance of power established after the difficult war period, said Saturday the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

Commenting on the recognition by the President of the United States Donald trump Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church reminded about the importance of Jerusalem and of heavy the way for this balanced situation, changes in which can lead to conflicts and loss of life.

«On the one hand, if we read the Bible, the biblical story of king David, he chose Jerusalem as the capital of the state. So it’s a very ancient history, for the Jewish people is a sacred story, it’s part of their Scriptures. On the other hand, we know that throughout history in this land there were many military actions, it is many times passed from hand to hand, and today it claimed by different forces,» said Metropolitan in the program «Church and world» on TV channel «Russia-24».

He added that «those rather fragile balances that were established in the postwar period, do not disturb, as this can lead to explosions, that is already happening».

The Bishop stressed that Jerusalem is primarily a religious center, and it would be a wrong step for it to become the political center.

«We must not forget that Jerusalem is a Holy city to three world religions: not only to Judaism but also to Christianity and Islam. In Jerusalem, Christians, Muslims and Jews coexist more or less peacefully, each group has its neighborhoods, real estate, shrines. And it is very important that Jerusalem be preserved as a spiritual and religious center, where representatives of the three Abrahamic, monotheistic religions could live together in peace and harmony», concluded Hilarion.

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