Russian President Vladimir Putin lauds Orthodox Church for its service to people

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin in his Easter Sunday message hailed the contribution made by the country's Orthodox Church and other Christian denominations to the lives of his compatriots.

IANS April 16, 2017 15:50:14 IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin lauds Orthodox Church for its service to people

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin in his Easter Sunday message hailed the contribution made by the country's Orthodox Church and other Christian denominations to the lives of his compatriots.

Russian President Vladimir Putin lauds Orthodox Church for its service to people

Russia President Vladimir Putin. AP

Putin, himself an Orthodox Christian, attended a service led by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Efe news reported.

"I want to highlight the enormous and devout work of the Russian Orthodox Church and representatives of other Christian denominations in solving important social problems, strengthening the family, educating young people and harmonising inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations," Putin said.

Across Russia, worshippers participated in Easter Sunday celebrations.

"The great holiday of Easter has a special moral sense, it spreads the eternal light of faith, fills hearts with joy, love and goodness," the President said.

Putin also personally lauded the hard work of Patriarch Kiril.

Many Russian citizens visit cemeteries on Easter Sunday — the day of Jesus Christ's resurrection — to pay tribute to their late ancestors.

Security presence across the nation was increased during the time of celebrations, with a reported 130,000 agents deployed as a safety measure.

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