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FROM THE EDITORS: Regarding the Simultaneous Publication of the Agreed-upon Documents of the Commissions on Discussions Between the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Resolution of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia of May 11/24 on the report of Protopriest Alexander Lebedeff, Secretary of the Commission on discussions with the Moscow Patriarchate.

Documents Developed at the Joint Sessions of the Commission of the Moscow Patriarchate on Discussions with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and the Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia on Discussions with the Moscow Patriarchate.

As agreed and confirmed by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church (April 20, 2005) and by the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (May 23, 2005), hereby published are the following four documents jointly developed by the Commission of the Moscow Patriarchate on discussions with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and the Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia on discussions with the Moscow Patriarchate, approved by the Hierarchies of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Church Abroad.

The work of the Commissions is continuing.

1. On the Joint Work of the Commissions of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

2. On the Attitude of the Orthodox Church Towards the Heterodox and Towards Inter-Confessional Organizations

3. On the Relationship Between the Church and State.

4. Commentary on the Joint Document of the Commissions of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Entitled "On the Relationship Between Church and State."