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Moscow News: Parts of Russian Orthodox Church Ready to Reunite

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  • Fr. John Whiteford
    http://www.mosnews.com/news/2004/05/18/church.shtml Created: 18.05.2004 19:29 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 19:29 MSK The Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church,
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      Created: 18.05.2004 19:29 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 19:29
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      The Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Aleksy
      II, and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church
      Abroad, Metropolitan of East America and New York
      Laurus declared on Tuesday that they intend to reunite
      the church.

      This decision was taken during negotiations between
      the heads of two parts of Russian Orthodox Church,
      Moscow patriarchy was quoted by Interfax news agency
      as saying.

      �The common wish of Moscow patriarchy and Russian
      Church Abroad to overcome the tragic division of our
      people that happened in consequence of the revolution
      and civil war was expressed during the interlocution,�
      the patriarchy said.

      The important role in the reunification will be given
      to the commissions established by the two parts of the
      church in December. They worked separately recently
      and it is expected that they will start a joint work.
      They are to determine the status of the Church Abroad
      and to develop common principles of relationship
      between the Orthodox Church and the state, unorthodox
      communities and secular organizations.

      This is the first official visit of Metropolitan
      Laurus to Russia. He came with a delegation of
      hierarchs and priests from the church.

      A split in the Russian Orthodox Church took place in
      1917, after the October Revolution. In 1927, Moscow
      Metropolitan Sergy signed a declaration recognizing
      the Soviet authorities. This declaration is the main
      obstacle for a merger of the churches.

      The residence of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad is
      situated in Jordanville, NY. It has about 250
      congregations all over the world, 30 of them in
      Russia. Since the 1990s Aleksy II has sent letters to
      its heads calling for a reconciliation but received no
      answer. In October 2003 Russian President Vladimir
      Putin met bishops of the church and sent an invitation
      to Laurus who was elected head of the church in 2001.




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