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Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on setting a date for the Bishops’ Council

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on setting a date for the Bishops’ Council
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24 April 2022 year 15:33

On April 17, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church resolved that the date of the Bishops’ Council be put off. Earlier it was intended to hold the Council from May 26 to 29, 2022. The reason for this decision and the time when a new date can be set for the Bishops’ Council was explained to the viewers of the Church and the World TV program by the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

He reminded the viewers that for objective reasons the Council was put off twice, “The first postponement was dictated by the pandemic: the Bishops’ Council was fixed for last November but due to the pandemic and the air communication restrictions the bishops could not have assembled at that time. Therefore, the Council was postponed until this May. Now other difficulties have emerged. We are aware that Ukrainian bishops will not be able to come in May, just as the bishops of the Russian Church Abroad, since most of them live in the USA. So, the Council had to be postponed again”.

As His Eminence Hilarion related, it is planned that the members of the Holy Synod would set the date of the Bishop’s Council at their next session, which will take place in the summer period. However, much depends on the developments, in particular, on whether the air communication will be resumed.

Speaking about the themes of the future Council, Metropolitan Hilarion stated that many issues accumulated for discussion, “We should not forget that just as the heart beats in a human body with a certain rhythm, so the Church has her own heart and it beats with a certain rhythm. When the heart misses the beat, it is not very well. However, force majeure events do happen”. 

The Bishops’ Council assembles every four years, but if there are obstacles preventing it, the Church has other mechanisms for solving problems, His Eminence said, “First of all, it is the Holy Synod with representatives from various parts of our Church: they are not only Russian bishops but also bishops from Ukraine, Byelorussia, and other countries”.

DECR Communication Service/

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