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June 8 2006
18:04

In the summer of 2006 in Moscow for the first time will meet the World Summit of Religious Leaders. It will precede the meeting of leaders of the Group of Eight, which is then held in St. Petersburg.

It is assumed that in the religious summit will bring together leaders and representatives of the Orthodox Churches, so-called dohalkidonskih churches - Coptic, Armenian and other representatives of the Roman Catholic Church.

According to the Head of Department of External Church Relations of Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, the forum organizers also hope the presence of Chinese religious leaders, invited representatives of the Evangelical Church in Germany, the National Council of Churches USA, the chief rabbi of Israel, the United States and several European countries, Muslim leaders CIS, Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula, Buddhists, Hindus, leaders of the World Council of Churches and other international religious organizations.

Forum organizers hope that the summit in Moscow will play a "major role to prevent extremism in religious and national hatred," said the head of the Department for External Church Relations.

"On how to be an awkward relationship between religions, between the secular philosophy and traditional values, depends largely on the stability and international cooperation", - said Metropolitan Kirill.

However, the question of whether the summit will actually complete is still open. Despite the fact that the organizers of the expected arrival of senior representatives of the Vatican, an invitation to Pope Benedict XVI was sent.

"The question of a personal invitation to the pontiff did not stand" - said in February, "Interfax news agency member of the secretariat for inter-Christian Relations Department for External Church Relations of Moscow Patriarchate Alexey Dolgov.

"Unfortunately, the meeting of the patriarch and the pope is currently not possible because of the problems that exist between the two churches. The possibility in principle of this meeting is not excluded, but in order for it to take place, to resolve existing problems ", - added Dolgov.

However, he said that inter-religious Council of Russia - the organizer of the forum - the Pope has sent an official appeal with a request to send a delegation to the summit.

Also at issue is a visit to the capital of the spiritual leader of Buddhists, the Dalai Lama XIV . At least, 6 June, President of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said that the invitation to attend a summit of the Dalai Lama had not yet received.

Earlier Shandzhin Lama of Kalmykia Telo Tulku Rinpoche, said the head of the Buddhist communities in Russia do not participate in the Moscow summit of world religions, if the Dalai Lama will not receive a timely invitation. This position is consistent with the lamas of Buryatia and Tuva.

According to him, the Russian Foreign Ministry does not create obstacles to the arrival of the Dalai Lama. Host side the July summit of world religions in favor External Affairs of the Russian Orthodox Church. However, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Kirill not give a clear answer to the Dalai Lama.

Meanwhile, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed hope that the Dalai Lama in the near future to visit Kalmykia. "6 July is birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and we, the Buddhists of Russia, of course, would like the birthday of the Dalai Lama said here in Russia", - said the head of Kalmykia.

about him, Russian Buddhists expect that the Dalai Lama visited the temple in Elista, which is the largest Buddhist temple in Europe.

Materials: Gazeta.ru, Interfax, Buddhist.ru, NY

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