Patriarch Kirill contented with dynamics of church-state dialogue
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia approves of the character of relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the state.
"I am satisfied with the Premier's visit (to Valaam - IF) as well as with cooperation between the Church and the state. On the one hand, the principle of state non-interference in church affairs works, constitutional frames are observed, but at the same time absolute majority of Russian people belong to the Orthodox Church," the Patriarch has told journalists in Valaam.
He also said that the day before he had discussed some questions of church and state partnership with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Petrozavodsk.
"We'll be able to overcome system crisis only altogether, and here neither president, nor state nor Church has any special role. The Church only plays the part of a bell that urges, but doesn't have power. She is only a keeper of people's conscience," the Primate believes.