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  • Rev. Sergei Overt
    Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Here are the latest news of our Orthodox jurisdiction. It would be nice for all our faithful to pray for the health
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      Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Here are the latest news of our Orthodox jurisdiction.
      It would be nice for all our faithful to pray for the health and strength of Bishop Amvrossy .
      NEWS FROM THE SYNOD

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      NEW YORK: 1 February 2003



      The Winter Session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

      The regular session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia was held on 28-29 January in the Synodal building in New York in the presence of the Protectress of the Russian diaspora--the Miracle-working Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God.

      The session was attended by the President of the Synod of Bishops, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, the members of the Synod, Archbishop Mark of Berlin, Germany and Great Britain, Bishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, and Bishop Gabriel of Manhattan. Bishop Michael of Boston also took part in the session.

      On 28 January, the appeal of Bishop Ambroise of Geneva and Western Europe was heard on his wish to retire. The Synod of Bishops decreed that at the present time his plea could not be approved in consideration of church matters in Western Europe. Archbishop Mark and Bishop Agapit of Stuttgart will assist him instead.

      The Synod of Bishops approvingly heard the news that the health of the Vice President of the Synod of Bishops, His Eminence Archbishop Alypy of Chicago and Detroit has improved significantly and he has resumed walking.

      Archbishop Mark reported on the situation in the Holy Land. The general atmosphere there is tense. The possible war in the Middle East is heightening the tensions. The Australian Government is advising its citizens residing in Israel to leave the country.

      Bishop Michael reported to the Synod of Bishops on his trip to the Russian Federation. The Synod decreed to subject the diocese, formerly under the authority of Archbishop Lazar (since the latter fell into schism) to the authority of Bishop Agathangel.

      The Synod heard the report of Archbishop Mark on the Conference on Church History held in Moscow last November. The first conference, held in Hungary in 2002, included 16 participants. The one in Moscow had 35. The most interesting lecture, according to the conferees, was that of Protopriest George Mitrofanov of St. Petersburg. His report was on the anti-bolshevik movement within the Russian Church in the 1930's and 1940's. The faithful in Russia welcomes such conferences, though it was limited to purely historical discussions of the history of the Russian Church in the 20th century. It is possible that the future will hold more such meetings.

      The Synod of Bishops also examined matters pertaining to specific clergymen, appeals for awards, diocesan matters, financial reports of the Synod and a report on legal matters.

      The general direction of church life in the last several months has been peaceful, possessed of a positive spirit in Christ. The First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Metropolitan Laurus, feels better after his illness. The next meeting, the Spring Session of the Synod of Bishops, is scheduled to be held in Europe. This will allow Metropolitan Laurus to also visit to Western Europe and Germany as First Hierarch.


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