Patriarch Kirill, in an interview on Russia:
"… In a sense, we the Church of Cyril and Methodius. They went out of enlightened Greco-Roman world and went to preach the Slavs. And just who were the Slavs? Are barbarians, people who speak a foreign language, it is inferior, it is almost animals. And so it went to the enlightened men who brought them the light of Christ's truth and do something very important — they have to talk to these barbarians in their language, they created the Slavic alphabet, Slavic grammar and translated into the language the word of God. "