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4th Working Meeting between the Commissions of MP and the ROCOR

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.03.04 MP: DEPARTMENT FOR EXTERNAL CHURCH RELATIONS Office of Communication Press-release, 04.03.2005 http://www.mospat.ru/text/e_news/id/8743.html Church
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      2005.03.04 MP:

      DEPARTMENT FOR EXTERNAL CHURCH RELATIONS
      Office of Communication

      Press-release, 04.03.2005
      http://www.mospat.ru/text/e_news/id/8743.html
      Church news
      Fourth Working Meeting between the Commissions of Moscow Patriarchate and
      the Russian Church Outside of Russia
      The Fourth Working Meeting between the Moscow Patriarchate Commission on
      Dialogue with the Russian Church Outside of Russia and the ROCOR Commission
      on Discussions with the Moscow Patriarchate took place in the environs of
      Paris on 2-4 March 2005. The sessions, which were accompanied by common
      prayers, were held in the atmosphere of brotherly love. The discussions
      were frank and open, and the participants were sincere in their aspiration
      to overcome divisions.
      Taking part in the meeting on behalf of the Moscow Patriarchate were
      Chairman of the Commission Archbishop Innokenty of Korsun, Archbishop
      Yevgeny of Vereya, Archpriest Vladislav Tsypin, Archimandrite Tikhon
      (Shevkunov) and secretary of the Commission Archpriest Nikolai Balashov.
      Taking part in the meeting on behalf of the Russian Church Outside of
      Russia were Chairman of the Commission Archbishop Mark of Berlin and
      Germany, Bishop Ambrose of Vevey, Archimandrite Luke (Murjanka), Archpriest
      Nicholas Artemov and secretary of the Commission Archpriest Alexander Lebedev.
      The participants continued their work on the documents, which show common
      vision of the tragic destiny of the Russian Church in the 20th century,
      Church-State relations, canonical status of the Russian Church Outside of
      Russia as a self-governing part of the Local Russian Orthodox Church and
      canonical conditions for the restoration of full communion.
      In the beginning of their common work the members of the Commissions
      decided that the documents, which they compile and which are approved by
      the authorities of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Church Outside
      of Russia would be published when the process of talks is completed.
      However, proceeding from pastoral expediency, it was considered useful to
      publish the agreed materials earlier. The members of the Commissions
      believe that the documents elaborated at the present session could be
      published after the approval by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox
      Church and the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Church Outside of Russia.
      Also published could be the earlier prepared documents of the Commissions,
      which have already been approved by the authorities of the Moscow
      Patriarchate and the Russian Church Outside of Russia.

      Discussed at the meeting were also other questions of the process of the
      restoration of the unity.

      The next meeting of the Commissions is scheduled for the summer of 2005.

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