Mark of Berlin and Germany arrives in Moscow with the members of
the Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia on
discussions with the Moscow Patriarchate
The members of the Committee
on discussions with the Moscow Patriarchate, headed by His Eminence
Archbishop Mark, arrived in Moscow for joint meetings. On Monday,
November 15, a separate meeting of the Committee was held, and on
Tuesday, before the opening of the First International Festival
of the Orthodox Media, Archbishop Mark met with His Holiness Patriarch
Pavle of Serbia, who is in Moscow on an official visit, and discussed
with him the progress of the discussions with the Moscow Patriarchate.
"We hope for movement
towards unity from our joint meetings," said Vladyka Mark on
Tuesday in an interview with RIA "Novosti" in Moscow on
the first International Festival of the Orthodox Media. At the same
time, he said, some very serious questions remained for joint deliberation.
"Even those questions we have discussed have not yet been fully
resolved," noted Archbishop Mark. "It is likely that the
forthcoming joint session of the Committees will not be the last.
This is a living process which requires development."
Archbishop Mark also
commented on the decision of the Synod of Bishops to leave the matter
of making peace with the Moscow Patriarchate to the Council of Bishops,
which will be convened within two years. "Our situation is
more complicated, since there are forces that are hindering rapprochement.
That is why an All-Diaspora Council, with the participation of the
clergy and laity. We hope to hold it in such a way that people understand
the essence of what is occurring, because many false rumors are
being disseminated," said Archbishop Mark.
The results of the third
joint meeting will be considered at the next session of the Synod
of Bishops, to be held in January.