Moscow, January 13, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church hopes that Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay special attention to social issues in his yearly address to the Federal Assembly on January 15.
"What do I expect from the coming presidential address? First of all, I expect it would be addressed to people and it will be filled with care about people. I mean health care, education, morality," head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropoitan Hilarion said in the Church and the World program on Rossiya-24 TV.
According to him, both authorities and the Church are equally concerned with these questions.
The metropolitan noted that some people thought that the Church was interested only in providing ritual services, but it was not true. According to the others, the Church should be involved only in spiritual care about people, but the hierarch, it is not true either.
"The Church wants people to live full-fledged , integral lives, to be happy, so that their spiritual well-being was accompanied with material prosperity," the hierarch said specifying that the Church has its own ways to help people spiritually, but material help is expected mainly from the state authorities.
"That is why the questions of health care and education are the priority," he said.