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Russian Orthodox Churches to Reconcile
« on: January 03, 2007, 11:09:08 AM »
From Associated Press --

(12-26) 18:43 PST MOSCOW, Russia --

The Russian Orthodox Patriarchate and a breakaway church-in-exile will formally reconcile in May, ending a split that dates back to the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, Russian news reports said Tuesday.

Russian Patriarch Alexy II and Metropolitan Laurus, the New York-based leader of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, will sign a document formalizing the reunification before conducting a joint service in Moscow on May 17.

Each church would maintain their own council of bishops, but priests could participate and lead Mass in both churches. The churches also could cooperate with religious education, youth programs and missionary activities.


From Itar-Tass --

MOSCOW, December 26  - The ceremony of reunification of the Russian Church will be held on May 17, 2007.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has passed the decision at a meeting in Moscow chaired by the Patriarch Alexy II on Tuesday.

According to an agreement, Patriarch Alexy II, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, and First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad Metropolitan Laurus will sign an Act on Canonical Communication and officiate a liturgy in the Assumption Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin.