Religious leaders from all over the world have been meeting in Moscow this week to prepare for a major religious conference there.
CU Conference symbol
GV & SV Religious leaders sitting at conference table (7 shots)
SV & CU Religious leaders praying (5 shots)
GV Committee Chairman, the Metropolitan Juvenaly of Tula and Belev walking to podium and speaking (Russian)
CU & GV Religious leader listening (4 shots)
CU & GV Committee Chairman speaking
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Background: Religious leaders from all over the world have been meeting in Moscow this week to prepare for a major religious conference there.
SYNOPSIS: The first meeting of the leaders took place on Tuesday (15 March). They form the Preparatory Committee which is responsible for organising the World Conference of Religious Leaders for Lasting Peace, Disarmament and Equitable Relations Between Nations. The delegates came from many countries and represented the religions of Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Shintoism, and Christianity. Also present was an observer from the Conference of European Churches.
The committee meeting opened with a silent prayer, and then the delegates were addressed by Metropolitan Juvenaly of Tula and Belev, the Chairman of the Committee.
After welcoming the delegates, the Chairman went on the survey the problems facing their joint efforts in preparing for the World Conference. He said that however complex the present world situation might be, and however enormous and difficult the tasks facing peace forces - including religious peace-makers - there was ample evidence of positive shifts taking place in relations between countries with different social system.
These shifts in international relations were a result of political detente. They were creating new and more favourable conditions for the national liberation movements in countries still under the yoke of colonialism and neo-colonialism.