The first Moscow Interfaith Youth Forum was held in the Moscow Cathedral Mosque
On 7th of April, the First Moscow Interreligious Youth Forum was held in the Moscow Cathedral Mosque, dedicated to the theme "The consent of different: on the way to interreligious and intergenerational cooperation".
The forum started with a greeting from Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gaynutdin, Chairman of the Religious Board of Muslims of the Russian Federation (RBM RF), read out by Damir Khayretdinov, Deputy Chairman of the RBM RF for Science and Education.

Pointing out in his speech such fundamental issues as the problem of coexistence in a multicultural space, the understanding of interreligious dialogue and the knowledge of the "other", the mufti stressed the importance of the participation of the younger generation in their solution: "Young people are the most receptive and mobile part of society, they are distinguished by initiative, enterprise, openness to new ideas and innovations. Young people not only inherit the reality passed down to them by the older generations, but are already actively shaping the future, a new reality."

"Holding such a major event is particularly relevant for our multi-religious country. Interreligious harmony is one of the foundations of the harmonious development of any society. I am sure that the forum will become a permanent platform, and its participants will be able to discuss the methods necessary for the development of a constructive dialogue between representatives of various religions of Russia," Elena Druzhinina, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, said in her greeting. The forum will help young religious leaders, religious scholars, scientists, and representatives of state authorities to develop modern practices for solving important tasks for society, - she added.

The Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow, Archbishop Pavel Pezzi, drew the attention of the forum participants to the performance of religious service as a pledge of brotherhood between people in his message, voiced by Oksana Pimenova, head of the youth center of the Archdiocese, noting that "Brotherhood is not some ideology or utopia, but an opportunity to turn a new look at each other." The Leading Bishop of the Russian United Union of Christians of the Evangelical Faith, Sergey Ryakhovsky, pointed out in his greeting to the forum the consolidating role of believers in the creation of a responsible civil society, based on fundamental moral values.
The forum participants also received greetings from Archbishop Dietrich Brauer of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Russia, Director of the St. Thomas Institute, General Secretary of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Russia Stefan Lipke, and Director of the Pokrovsky Gate Cultural Center Jean-Francois Thiri.

The event is attended by official representatives of Rosmolodezh and the Moscow government. The forum in the Moscow Cathedral Mosque is attended by young representatives of Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Lutheranism, as well as Adventists, Muslims, Jews and others.