Delegates from 177 dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as guests from Local Orthodox Churches who take part in the IX International Festival of Faith and Word, gathered online for a meeting with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and of All Russia on October 21, reports Patriarchia.ru.
Traditionally, meetings between the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church and participants of this festival are held in the format of a dialogue, in which clergymen, representatives of dioceses, workers of secular and Orthodox media, Orthodox volunteers and others can personally ask questions to the Patriarch. This time this meeting took place via video conference.
In his speech to the participants, the Patriarch expressed an opinion that the first wave of Orthodox people entering the space of social networks and other digital communication platforms is coming to an end. And now it is extremely important to focus on the quality of the reported information, on the search for an adequate language – both verbal and visual – in order to testify about the Savior, about the life of the Church, and about the high dignity of a Christian.
In this regard, the Primate dwelt in detail on issues that require further general Church discussion, including the issue of the presence of clergymen in social networks.