In the temple of Christ the Savior began the Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church

© RIA Novosti / Michael Bureauracy in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill conducts a service. Archival photoIn the temple of Christ the Savior began the Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church© RIA Novosti / Michael Bureauracy the image Bank

Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill led a solemn service on the occasion of the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

Plenary session of the Synod of bishops will begin in the hall of Church cathedrals of the Cathedral at 10:00. The Cathedral, which is usually held every few years, came the hierarchs from all Russian and foreign dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church.

According to the Statute of the ROC, the highest bodies of Church authority and governance are the local Council, the Council of bishops and the Holy Synod. The Synod governs the Church between councils, its members constitute the Presidium of the Council of bishops. The previous meeting was held in February 2016.

The councils are divided into Universal, involving representatives of all the local churches, and local — they gather bishops of a particular Church. The Council of bishops —the latter, with the only difference being that participates in it exclusively to the high Church episcopacy.

At the meeting of bishops to discuss and decide matters of doctrine, religious and Church life, and moral themes.

It is expected that this year the bishops will discuss the theme of the shot family of Emperor Nicholas II, the question of Church worship, educational themes, documents on the situation of monasteries and Church marriage, and the use of the monks of the Internet.

It is expected that the Cathedral will be visited by Vladimir Putin.

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