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Recalling WWII, Orthodox official says Russia, France must fight terrorism

November 19, 2015

As Russia and France undertake joint military operations against the Islamic State, a leading Orthodox official evoked the memory of the Second World War.

“The terrorists are servants of Satan, though they use religious slogans to cover up their monstrous crimes,” Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, stated during a visit to the French embassy in Moscow.

“There is no, nor there can be, any justification of terrorism,” he continued. “Russia and France were allies during the last great war and defeated the Brown Plague together. Now we must together oppose the plague of international terrorism for the sake of the future of our nations.”


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