Patriarch Kirill spoke about the new possibilities for rapprochement of the Church with the people

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry at the opening of the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. 29 Nov 2017Patriarch Kirill spoke about the new possibilities for rapprochement of the Church with the people© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The number of bishops in the Russian Orthodox Church was the largest in the history of Russian Church, opening for her «unprecedented opportunities,» said the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on Wednesday at a meeting of the Council of bishops.

«Never bishops were not in the Russian Church so numerous as today. This opens up in our Church life unprecedented opportunity to bring together the Bishop with clergy and the people,» — said the Primate.

According to him, the Bishop should always be with his flock and be an example for the believers and the clergy.

«Bishop leads the flock behind, is the one who is close and achievable, who is not only in the altar or the reach the quiet of his study, but the one who can see, who can I contact who is open to communication, who practically sets an example for the clergy and laity of his life», — said the Patriarch.

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