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  • Olga Mitrenina
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2000
      >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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