Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Metropolitan Kirill Meets ROCOR (L) Archpriest Alexander Lebedeff

(Communications Department MP External Church Relations - Vertograd: Moscow)

On February 24 in the division of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, a meeting took place between Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, one of the most ecumenical hierarchs of the MP, and Archpriest Alexander Lebedeff, Rector of Transfiguration Cathedral in Los Angeles and secretary of ROCOR(L)'s Commission on negotiations with the Moscow Patriarchate. In the encounter, Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, secretary of the MP's ECR Department for Inter-Orthodox Relations and the secretary of the commission of the MP on the dialogue with the Russian Church Abroad, was also present. Questions were discussed, connected with further activity of commissions. Besides that, in the course of conversation "the theme of spiritual values in the Orthodox Tradition in the presence of other faiths was touched upon".