Pope Francis quoted a parable from the novel “The Brothers Karamazov” by Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky during his visit to Slovakia. TASS reports.

He recalled the parable “The Grand Inquisitor”, which the writer included in the second part of the novel, during a meeting with representatives of the local ecumenical council.

The Pope noted that the community experienced years of “persecution of atheists” when religious freedom faced a serious challenge. According to him, the temptation to return to dependence still remains, but not from the regime, but “to the worst type of slavery.”

“And this is what Dostoevsky warns about <...> in the famous “Legend of the Grand Inquisitor” … People are ready to give up freedom for the sake of a more convenient slavery, so that someone decides for them, gives food and safety, “he said.

Earlier, Pope Francis commented on the situation in Afghanistan with the words of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but attributed their authorship to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He spoke about the Afghan crisis, citing statements made during the talks between Putin and Merkel in Moscow. “We need to stop the irresponsible policy of outside interference, the desire to build democracy in other countries, not taking into account the traditions of the peoples,” he said.

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