Home page News
Metropolitan Anthony’s address at closing session …

Metropolitan Anthony’s address at closing session of the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions

DECR Communication Service, 15.09.2022. 

The final session of the 7th Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions was held on September 15. Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, addressed the participants, saying:

“Your Excellency, esteemed Kassym-Jomart Kemelevich!

Your Holiness!

Respected religious leaders, dear participants!

The Congress is a unique platform for interreligious dialogue in the Eurasia region. Since 2003, its sessions have been held on regular basis with participation of prominent religious leaders from all over the world. I would like to express my gratitude for this important initiative to all organizers of the forum and personally to Kassym-Jomart Kemelevich Tokayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

A key topic of the Congress is the strengthening of peace among religions, states and nations. Nowadays this problem is becoming even more challenging. The Lord Jesus Christ said in the Gospel: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Mt 5:9).The faithful should not keep away from the current world problems, but hold an active position, help to develop peace building and mutual understanding, and console the afflicted.

There are many significant statements in the Declaration of the Congress.

First of all, I mean the words about the key role of spiritual and moral guidelines for overcoming negative consequences of certain developments which lead to divisions and conflicts. Very important are the words about the necessity to preserve cultural and religious diversity in which nations and religions united by common values preserve their identity. This kind of attitude is well-known in the post-Soviet countries in which we are maintaining interreligious peace. It is difficult to overestimate the necessity of religious education as a main instrument for preventing extremism and radicalism. Knowledge protects religion against manipulations by unscrupulous politicians. Also very topical are the words about the necessity to overcome inequality and injustice. In the context of distribution of resources between the developed countries and the so-called countries of the third world as well as of economic, energy and food security this problem is very acute indeed. Also, I consider the intention to intensify cooperation between religious, national, international and social institutions as very topical, because it is highly important today to overcome differences and stop competition for global hegemony.

I would like to point out a positive fact that the Declaration of the Congress is based on the recognition of creation of human beings and all things by God, of Divine Providence and God-given laws of life and rules of morality.

Our Declaration transmits these statements backed up by authority of the key world religious leaders to public space. It is very important as these words will be heard by many people, including decision-makers on the global stage. Often enough people forget basic notions which humanity has kept in the sacred books, religious traditions and human hearts for centuries. It is very good that the 7th Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions has again pronounced them for all the world to hear.

I thank the leaders and organizers of the Congress for putting things in perspective and for highlighting key points. It is important to people to hear such words from religious leaders today as never before.

I thank all the participants for their openness to dialogue and fruitful discussions. I wish you peace, spiritual joy and strength in your difficult and so important ministry.





Patriarch Kirill met with the DECR Chairman and the Patriarchal Exarch of Western Europe


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrates moleben in Donskoy Monastery at the shrine with St. Tikhon’s relics


Patriarch Kirill celebrates at the Annunciation Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin on the Feast of the Annunciation


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrates All-night Vigil at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Metropolitan Constantine of Zaraisk


Metropolitan of All America and Canada Tikhon extends condolences for victims of terrorist attack in Krasnogorsk


Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the 25th anniversary of the start of NATO aggression against Yugoslavia


The Primates of the Russian and Serbian Orthodox Churches head the Divine Liturgy and take the funeral for the bishop of Moravica Anthony at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with the primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church


Congratulations of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill to the President of Turkey on his 70th birthday


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill's condolences in connection with the murder of the monks of the Ziquala Abo Monastery in Ethiopia


Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at the XII Christmas Parliamentary Meetings at the Federation Council of the Russian Federation


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill: Patriarch of Constantinople is not a free man


Christmas Message from Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Rus’


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill had phone conversation with Metropolitan Ioann of Belgorod and Stary Oskol


Metropolitan Hilarion: Many things in a person's life depend on faith


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Holy Spirit is the main treasure of the Christian soul


Metropolitan Hilarion: Holiness is a constant striving to imitate the Lord Jesus Christ


Metropolitan Hilarion: God does not want to condemn, but to save us


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord always grants to us the opportunity to display our talents


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord has imbued the waters of Jordan with his divine presence to wash away human sins


Metropolitan Hilarion: to repent means to change your way of life


On commemoration day of St. Catherine, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk officiated at the Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr In-the-Fields  the representation of the Orthodox Church in America


Metropolitan Hilarion: We can always show compassion for people


Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates on commemoration day of St. Varlaam of Khutyn at the church of ‘Joy to All the Afflicted’ icon of the Mother of God


Metropolitan Hilarion: We should remember that the life of each human being is in the hands of God


Metropolitan Hilarion: For God there is nothing impossible


Metropoplitan Hilarion: The cross which was an instrument of dishonourable execution becomes the symbol of salvation for millions of people


Metropolitan Hilarion: Eucharist is the wedding feast, to which Lord Jesus Christ invites each of us


Metropolitan Hilarion: Faith alone is not enough for salvation



Fields marked by * are mandatory required

Send a message
Рус Укр Eng Deu Ελλ Fra Ita Бълг ქარ Срп Rom عرب