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    2006-10-27 00:00:00 Russian Orthodox Church could unite in 2007 Cologne, October 27, Interfax - The final restoration of unity of the Russian Orthodox Church
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      2006-10-27 00:00:00


      Russian Orthodox Church could unite in 2007


      Cologne, October 27, Interfax - The final restoration of unity of the
      Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) with the Moscow Patriarchate
      will probably come next year. The signing of the Act of Canonical Communion
      between the two parts of the Russian Church is expected to take place in
      Moscow.

      This is the outcome of the 8th meeting of the negotiation commissions of the
      Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Church Outside Russia, which completed
      its work in Cologne Thursday night, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, who
      participated in the meeting, has informed Interfax.

      The work of the commissions, which has lasted for two and a half years, is
      probably drawing to a close, he added.

      According to the priest, the recent meeting of the commissions worked out
      proposals for the date and order of signing the Act of Canonical Communion
      between the Moscow Patriarchate and the ROCOR adopted by the Synods in
      Moscow and New York earlier this year. The final date of the signing
      ceremony is to be determined by the Synods of the Moscow Patriarchate and
      the Church Outside Russia in coming December.

      According to Father Nikolay, secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate
      commission, the commissions have completed the consideration of questions
      they were instructed to examine after negotiations the head of the ROCOR,
      Metropolitan Laurus, held during his visit to Russia in May 2004. Agreed
      statements have been drafted on all issues submitted to the Bishops' Synods
      or Councils and adopted by them.

      The remaining issues to be agreed upon include clarification of the status
      of the clergy who once transferred from the Moscow Patriarchate or other
      Orthodox Churches to the jurisdiction of the Church Outside Russia without
      observing the prescribed canonical procedure and the status of the parishes
      which the Church Outside Russia opened in the 20th century last decade in
      Russia, Ukraine and other CIS countries.

      The commissions' proposals for all these issues are to be considered by the
      ROCOR Bishops' Synod on December 9. The Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate
      will meet some time later - in the last week of this year.

      'Most probably, the final restoration of the full canonical unity of the
      Church inside and outside Russia will take place next year', Father Nikolay
      said.

      The priest believes this event will become one of the most vivid pages in
      Russian church history and attract much attention in society.

      'Church unity is the spiritual foundation of the unity of our people. We are
      restoring the link of times disrupted by the Russian catastrophe. And this
      cannot but make our hearts tremble with emotion. We anticipate this joyful
      and solemn day when our patriarch and hierarchs of the Russian diaspora will
      celebrate the liturgy together for the first time', the secretary of the
      Moscow Patriarchate commission said.

      The Moscow Patriarchate commission is directed by Archbishop Innokenty
      (Vasilyev) of Korsun. The commission of the Russian Church outside Russia is
      led by Archbishop Mark (Arndt) of Berlin and Germany.

      The commissions were set up in December 2003 and began their joint work in
      June 2004.





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