Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin and Mufti Shafig Pshihachev Thanked Interfax-Religion for Its Assistance

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin (1968- ), the head of the Synodal Department of Church-Society Relations. He is seen here serving at the Pannikhida for Fr Daniil Sysoev.

On Monday, at a press conference at the central offices of Interfax, spokesmen from traditional Russian religious groups congratulated Interfax-Religion on its fifth anniversary of operations. “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Interfax-Religion on its fifth anniversary, over which time it has developed greatly. Five years of operation for an information service relating to news and media monitoring is quite a long time. During this period, it achieved much”, said Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the Synodal Department of Church-Society Relations. On behalf of the MP, Fr Vsevolod attested, “Interfax-Religion always paid the proper amount of attention to the activities of our church. It conscientiously highlighted the work of the late Patriarch Aleksei, and it gives the proper emphasis to the work of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill with equally good faith and vigour. At difficult and critical moments, when things were in flux, we always felt we had your support in the media, and this is also an occasion for gratitude”.

Fr Vsevolod noted, “It’s encouraging that Interfax-Religion gives due and commensurate attention to all religious communities in the former Soviet space, with a focus on the traditional Russian religious communities. They depict the entire palette of our religious life and the secular processes that are relevant to the religious sphere, as well as news concerning the public authorities, the activities of public organisations, and speeches of famous people. From my point of view, this is precisely how journalists in the secular media should write about religion. The characteristics that such media organisations should have are goodwill to all, openness to the different currents in church life, and an ability to analyse these phenomena and the secular trends that surround them. Over the past five years, Interfax-Religion has consistently followed such a path”.

Mufti Shafig Pshihachev

Mufti Shafig Pshihachev, the plenipotentiary representative of the North Caucasus Muslim Coordination Centre in Moscow, also congratulated Interfax-Religion on its fifth anniversary. He said, “I can say a lot of nice things about the team that works at Interfax-Religion. Let’s say that I pass on some information to them. Naturally, I’m not a journalist. However, they get right down to the heart of the matter and give their readers the main points… I express my profound gratitude to the staff and management of this collective. I pray for their success and I pray for their health, long life, and cooperation. May God bless you!”

28 December 2009



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