>RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
>DEPARTMENT FOR EXTERNAL CHURCH RELATIONS
>Press-release, February 1, 2000
>PATRIARCH DIODOROS OF JERUSALEM OF ALL PALESTINE SUPPORTING THE TRANSFER OF
>THE MONASTERY IN JERICHO TO THE MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE
> On January 31, 2000, the chairman of the Department for External Church
>Relations, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, met with His
>Beatitude Patriarch Diodoros I of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All
>Palestine. Participating in the meeting was also achimandrite Theodosius,
>head of the Russian Orthodox Mission in Jerusalem.
>They discussed problems involved in the need for the administration of the
>Palestine Autonomy to transfer the monastery in Jericho, illegally held by
>the Church Abroad, to the Moscow Patriarchate. Patriarch Diodoros
>unambiguously spoke for the need to overcome as soon as possible the schism
>between the Church Abroad and the Moscow Patriarchate and supported the
>transfer of the plot to its legitimate owner.
>His Beatitude Patriarch Diodoros stated his desire to visit the
>above-mentioned plot of land to give his patriarchal blessing to the clergy
>of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate serving there.
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