Medvedev: Kirill’s enthronement creates new setting for broader dialogue between Church and State

Moscow, February 1, Interfax – Metropolitan Kirill’s enthronement as Russian Patriarch “is an event of enormous importance,” which will hopefully create new conditions for cooperation between the state and the Russian Orthodox Church, President Dmitry Medvedev said.

“It is an outstanding event in the life of our country and of all Orthodox nations – an event that opens a new chapter in the development of Orthodox religion in our country, and which, hopefully, creates new conditions for a fully-fledged and solidarity dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the state,” Medvedev said on Sunday at the ceremony of Metropolitan Kirill’s enthronement as Russian Patriarch.