Putin welcomed the participants of the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill led a solemn service on the occasion of the Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church. 29 Nov 2017Putin welcomed the participants of the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the participants of the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, a congratulatory telegram posted Wednesday on the Kremlin website.

«Your Holiness! Dear archpastors! I cordially greet you on the occasion of the opening of the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, marking the 100th anniversary of the restoration in our country of the Patriarchate», — the document says.

The President noted that the decision on revival of the Patriarchal Ministry, adopted by the local Council of 1917-1918, was a great, a truly historic event in the life of the Russian Orthodox Church was largely determined by its mission. The President stressed the value of the contribution of the Church to society consolidation, preservation of interethnic peace and accord, as well as in the development of a constructive dialogue with the state on important issues of life.

«I am confident that the current Council of bishops as the highest authority of the hierarchical control of the Russian Orthodox Church, will be held in a productive, constructive way, will cause a public outcry,» he added.

Putin wished all participants success and all the best.

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photobacteria of the Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church. 29 Nov 2017Putin welcomed the participants of the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photobacteria of the Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church. 29 Nov 2017

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