MP Website's announcement of Dialogue
- PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA MEETS WITH THE FIRST HIERARCH AND MEMBERS OF THE SYNOD OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE OF RUSSIA AND WITH THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE PATRIARCHAL PARISHES IN THE USA
On 24 September 2003 President Vladimir V.Putin of the Russian Federation met with the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Metropolitan Laurus of New York and Eastern America and the members of the Synod of Bishops in the premises of the RF General Consulate in New York. Metropolitan Laurus told the head of the Russian state about the life of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and its position on the restoration of community between the two parts of the Russian Church divided due to the political disorders of the last century. On behalf His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia and on his own behalf the head of the Russian state invited Metropolitan Laurus and the hierarchs which accompanied him to visit Russia.
There also took place a working meeting of the President of Russia with Bishop Mercury of Zaraisk, administrator of the patriarchal parishes in the USA. His Grace Merkury informed the President about the successful restoration and reconstruction of St.Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York founded by Patriarch Tikhon more than a century ago. Next November will be held solemnly held a great consecration of the Cathedral after the restoration. Discussed were the problems of pastoral care for the Orthodox Russians, who live and work in the Unites States. A question was touched of the prospects and possible forms of the dialogue between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. The President of Russia presented a shrine with the relics of the holy martyr Hilarion (Troitsky), a close associate and disciple of St.Tikhon, as a gift to the St.Nicholas Cathedral and to the Liaison Office of the Moscow Patriarchate in the USA. Bishop Merkury presented Mr.Putin with
an album with the photos, which show the process of restoration of the St.Nicholas Cathedral and its present magnificence.
That same day Minister of the RF Foreign Affairs Igor S.Ivanov visited the St.Nicholas Cathedral on the instruction of the President of Russia.
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With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Alexy, Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch for All Belarus, comes to London for the requiem and funeral service for the departed Metropolitan Anthony of Surozh
Metropolitan Kirill sends heartfelt condolences to Bishop Basil of Sergievo, the clergy and the orphaned flock of the blissfully departed Metropolitan Anthony of Surozh.
His Holiness Patriarch Alexy sends a message of condolences over the demise of the blissfully departed Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom)� Requiem and funeral service for the blissfully departed Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) of Surozh took place in London. � Metropolitan Kirill: "His Eminence Anthony has left a bright, clear and very significant mark in the modern history of the Russian Orthodox Church"� Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) of Surozh has passed away in the LordSee also: � Metropolitan Kieill expressed heartfelt condolence to Bishop Basil of Sergievo and to the clergy and flock orphaned by the blissful demise of Metropolitan Anthony of Surozh
See also:See also:� Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad meets WCC General Secretary Konrad Raiser.
Draft Preamble to the Treaty establishing the Constitution of the European Union
Metropolitan Kirill sends an open letter to Valery Giscard d'Estaing, Chairman of the Convention on the Future of Europe Presidium
Russian Church's response to the text of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights
Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate-->
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