Special prayers for Orthodox unity will take place in all churches of the Russian Orthodox Church

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotobanka-Danilov monastery. Archival photoSpecial prayers for Orthodox unity will take place in all churches of the Russian Orthodox Church© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church took the decision that in all the churches of the Russian Orthodox Church during worship to make a special prayer for the unity of the world Orthodoxy, said Friday at a briefing at the end of the Synod, the head of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

«We made the decision that all churches of the Russian Orthodox Church for the divine Liturgy to offer prayers about the unity of Holy Orthodoxy. We will formulate these special prayer petitions,» said the Metropolitan.

He expressed confidence that if the question of «Ukrainian autocephaly» will be decided not unilaterally by the Patriarchate of Constantinople, «in a fraternal discussion of the local Orthodox churches», then «can be found a solution that and all will calm and all will reconcile and will fully heal the split.»

Earlier, the Patriarchate of Constantinople said that «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv. This decision strongly condemned the Moscow Patriarchate, calling it an intrusion on the canonical territory of other local churches.

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