Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Partiarch Alexey on the Unity with ROCOR(L)

(Interfax-Religion – Vertograd, Moscow)

The unity of the ROCOR(L) and the Moscow Patriarchate may be completely re-established by the end of 2006, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia thinks.

In the end of this year a joint liturgy may be celebrated by representatives of the two Churches in the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Moscow Kremlin, he said in his interview to the 1-st Channel on June 23. Such things can be reported on the main TV-channel in Russia only when they have a more than simple hopes.

`We say that communion in prayer is needed. I think, however, it has already been achieved,' Alexy II added. He recalled that the delegation of ROCOR(L) headed by its first hierarch had visited Russia last year and attended the three services celebrated by the patriarch, praying at them.