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The Holy Synod appoints a new head of the Russian Spiritual Mission in Jerusalem

The Holy Synod appoints a new head of the Russian Spiritual Mission in Jerusalem
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11 October 2023 year 22:38

On 11th October 2023 at the session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, which was held at the Patriarchal and Synodal residence at Saint Daniel’s monastery in Moscow, a report was heard by the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate the metropolitan of Volokolamsk Anthony on the dioceses and parishes abroad and a number of resolutions were adopted concerning the foreign activities of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Synod’s participants particularly decided to release archimandrite Alexander (Yelisov) from his position as head of the Russian Spiritual Mission in Jerusalem with expressions o gratitude for his labours and put him at the disposal of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

Archimandrite Vassian (Zmeyev) was appointed head of the Russian Spiritual Mission in Jerusalem.

The Holy Synod also decided to release the deputy head of the Mission hieromonk Dometian (Markaryan) from his position and put him at the disposal of the archbishop of Maikop and Adygea Tikhon.

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Тhe participants of the session of the Holy Synod heard a report by the chairman of the Department for External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate the metropolitan of Volokolamsk Anthony on the dioceses and parishes abroad.

The Synod resolved to express its categorical protest with regard to the harsh and discriminatory actions of the Bulgarian authorities over the expulsion from Bulgaria on a spurious pretext of the representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and dean of the metochion (representation church) of the Russian Orthodox Church in Sofia archimandrite Vassian (Zmeyev), the secretary of the metochion archpriest Yevgeny Pavelchuk and colleague of the metochion V. Bonko.

The members of the Holy Synod supported the position of His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill as expressed in his letter to His Holiness the Patriarch of Bulgaria Neophyte of 4th October 2023.

The Holy Synod decided to release archimandrite Vassian (Zmeyev) from his position as representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of Bulgaria and dean of the metochion of the Russian Orthodox Church in Sofia with expressions of gratitude for his labours.

The Holy Synod also resolved to release archpriest Yevgeny from his position as secretary of the metochion with expressions of gratitude for his labours and put him at the disposal of the metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Benjamin. Cleric of the diocese of Vienna and Austria archpriest Vladimir Tyschuk was appointed representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of Bulgaria and dean of the metochion of the Russian Orthodox Church in Sofia.

Patriarchia.ru/DECR Communication Service

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