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Problems in Orthodox Parishes in Finland

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  • emrys@globe.net.nz
    Problems in Orthodox Parishes in Finland On 1 September 2009 Archbishop Hilarion of Volokalamsk, the Chairman of the External Relations Department of the
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      Problems in Orthodox Parishes in Finland

      On 1 September 2009 Archbishop Hilarion of Volokalamsk, the Chairman of the
      External Relations Department of the Moscow Patriarchate, met Archbishop
      Leo, head of the autonomous Finnish Orthodox Church.

      Picture of Archbishops Hilarion and Leo
      http://www.cerkiew.pl/typo3temp/pics/12fd88f7f7.jpg

      Various topics were discussed, above all the problem for Russians who have
      emigrated to Finland. Given that Russian Orthodox naturally refuse to attend
      services on the Roman Catholic (so-called 'Neo-Julian') calendar, as used by
      Finnish parishes, which also use the anathematised papal paschalia to date
      Easter, the spiritual needs of Russian Orthodox in Finland are not being
      met. It is this pastoral problem which concerns the Russian Orthodox Church
      both inside and outside Russia.

      Archbishop Hilarion suggested that Finnish seminarians could be sent to
      Russia in order to be trained in normal Orthodox practice. They would then
      be able to cater for the spiritual needs of Russian Orthodox in Finland.

      20 August/2 September 2009
      http://orthodoxengland.org.uk/finland.htm


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