The Abbot of the Vatopedi monastery on mount Athos, Archimandrite Ephraim, spoke about the trip to Moscow, where on October 26 met with many influential people, including with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He spoke about the gift to the President, and that in conversations with people of faith are most interested in the powers that be.
In an interview with the Ura.news one of the most influential spiritual fathers of mount Athos said that in the spiritual fellowship of all need – as janitors and officials, oligarchs and presidents.
“They are simple people — the first thing of interest to all is the salvation of the soul”, – said Archimandrite Ephraim.
At the meeting with Vladimir Putin to visit the Athos presented him with an icon. The monitoring of the Abbot of Vatopedi monastery, the President kissed it with great reverence. The head of state to the Holy sites, he said, is an indicator of the faith of the Russian President in God.
“And our knowledge about his life, parents and the origin of the us suggests that this is a miracle,” said Archimandrite Ephrem about Putin.
In General, the powers that be always take the spiritual fathers with great joy and respect, and each separate conversation, he said.
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