The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church created the Sunday six new dioceses, agreed on coming to the 1000th anniversary of the death of Prince Vladimir and tried to convince them to pray for a speedy stop to the conflict in Ukraine and continue to help the victims, said Fins news the head of the Synodal information Department Vladimir Legoyda.
The process of disaggregation of the dioceses in the Russian Church began with the arrival of Patriarch Kirill (2009): at the time of his enthronement was 159, 3 year - 225, and in April 2015 - 287, according to the Internet representation of the Russian Orthodox Church. The head of dioceses form the main governing body of the Russian Orthodox Church bishops ' Council, which meets every few years, and the rest of the leaves instead of the Synod Of fifteen people headed by the Patriarch. Previous Synod met in the early winter of 2014 in the Russian capital.
The Synod approved the documents adopted at the bishops ' meeting, held in the capital of Russia from 2 to 4 February, and also established six new dioceses. From the Central Siberian Barnaul diocese were allocated Biysk, Rubtsovsk and Slavgorod, From East Siberian Ulan-Ude diocese - Northern Baikal, the Urals Kurgan diocese - Shadrinsk, and From the diocese of Smolensk - Vyazma. Here it was decided to make the Altai, Buryat, Kurgan and Smolensk metropolis.
"The Holy Synod decided to call upon dioceses, monasteries, parishes, clergy and laity of the Russian Orthodox Church to continue to provide assistance to civilians affected by the armed conflict in Ukraine, calling on bishops, clergy, monastics and laity to continue to pray fervently for peace in the Ukrainian land, and to appeal to all with an appeal to create everything in their power to stop the bloodshed and establish peace," according to received Fins message news information Department at the meeting of the Synod.
Speaking of humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees, victims of the conflict in the East of the country, Legoyda said that from 1 August 2014 to 24 April 2015 to help refugees were sent to more than 75 million rubles." The balance on the account of the Synodal Department for Church charity is more than 52 million ", - said the head of the Synodal information Department.
According to Legoyda, the meeting, which was held on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Patriarch Kirill, was " quite stressful ", its agenda consisted Of 30 items. A significant part was devoted to the upcoming 1,000 th anniversary of the repose of the Saint who baptized Rus Prince Vladimir, which will be celebrated in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.