The Interfax-Religion website reports that Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia today (May 4, 2010) stressed in the Russian town of Belgorod the importance of solving Russia's demographic problems and improving the nation's health.
"What's the good of having economy, if our nation is sick? How will we reclaim these boundless spaces, vast lands, not only in the European part of Russia, but in Siberia as well?" the Primate asked at a meeting at the Belgorod branch of the World Russian People's Council.
He reminded the people that birth rates have recently grown in Russia.
"We hope this tendency will be stable and our people -- rather than strangers with alien culture and alien faith -- will inhabit our vast lands inherited from God and our hard-working forefathers," Patriarch Kirill said.