Patriarch Kirill urges scientists to serve Motherland, blending science and morality

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia urged intellectual elite of Russia to remember that it is very important to base on spiritual and moral values in their scientific work.

"Much will change in Russia and in the world, if we blend science and morality, education and firm convictions, if we ingrain voluntary self-sacrifice into our intellectual elite as there can't be true service to Motherland and people without it," Patriarch Kirill said on Friday in his sermon after the service in St. Tatiana Church at Moscow State University.

Patriarch Kirill believes, it is not coincidence that Russia celebrates Students' Day on January 25 when the Church commemorates the holy martyr who had suffered for Christ. According to him, heroism of martyrs "faithful to the Lord unto death" can teach self-discipline and self-restriction to young people, as these qualities are "essential for plenitude of human life and success, no matter whether it is accompanied with material comfort."

"Those who have chosen the road of science are heroes. Genuine scientific feat requires enormous self-restriction," the Patriarch believes.

After the service, the Primate consecrated memorial desk to Alexy II at the front façade of the church on the corner of Bolshaya Nikitskaya and Mokhovaya streets. Viktor Sadovnichy, rector of Moscow State University, University professors and clerics of Moscow churches attended the ceremony.

Source: Interfax religion