On Tuesday, October 2, Alexis II (also called "Alexy II" or "Alexei II" in English), the Russian Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow and All of Russia, addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, as mentioned in a previous post.
An English translation of the address is available on the Council of Europe website.
Here is an excerpt:
"It was upon this basis of traditional morality and respect for each other’s social models and lifestyle that various religious traditions coexisted in Russia, where no wars of religion were ever known. Now too, our church keeps strengthening peace between the faiths through developing an efficient dialogue and cooperation with other traditional religious communities in Russian and other CIS countries.
"As we all know, Europe and the whole world are today threatened with the extremists and terrorists many of whom wear religious disguises. These destructive forces grow on the soil of religious ignorance and moral scarcity. Therefore I strongly believe that younger generations should have access, if they will, to in-depth study their religious tradition in school. They also need basic knowledge of other faiths since it lays foundation for living together peacefully."
The Council of Europe, founded in 1949, has 47 member countries. As stated on its website, its objectives include the protection of human rights, pluralistic democracy, and the rule of law, among other things. One of its foremost achievements was the creation of the European Court of Human Rights. The Council's website also offers a Video of the address (playable on Windows Media Player -- if the link here does not work, a link may still be available on the Council of Europe home page) and a photo gallery.