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The Christmas Readings


As part of the XXVII International Christmas Educational Readings "Youth: Freedom and Responsibility" that were opened in Moscow on January 27, Christmas Parliamentary meetings began today in the State Duma of the Federal Assembly. Participation in them, at the invitation of the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Peter Tolstoy were taken by the Vice-Speaker of the Pridnestrovian Parliament Galina Antyufeyeva, the Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Supreme Council Oleg Petrik and the Deputy of the Education Committee Ilona Tyuryaeva.

The International Christmas Educational Readings is the largest church-public forum, where the most important issues of church and public life in the sphere of education, culture, social service and spiritual and moral education are discussed.

The Christmas Parliamentary meetings will be opened by the Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin and the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. Leaders of all parliamentary factions - Gennady Zyuganov, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Sergey Neverov, Sergey Mironov, as well as First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Nikolay Fedorov will speak at the forum.

The work began in the morning from three round tables, organized by the relevant committees of the State Duma. Topics for discussion are the role of traditional religious denominations in the upbringing of socially active youth, focused on spiritual and moral values, status, problems and prospects of spiritual and moral education in the Russian school, as well as problems and challenges of modern youth policy. The State Duma opened the exhibition “The Beauty of God's World” and “Russia in the World Civilization. The lessons of history. The organizer was the Duma Committee on the Development of Civil Society, Issues of Public and Religious Associations

For reference. The first Christmas readings were held in Moscow in 1993. They grew out of the conference of Orthodox teachers of the capital. The most important tasks of the readings include the development of Orthodox education, the spiritual and moral enlightenment of society, the understanding of the problems of science and culture from the point of view of the Orthodox, the expansion of cooperation between the church and the state in the sphere of education.