ROCOR will follow the founders’ wills under a new leader – Metropolitan

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The Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) will continue to uphold the wills of its founders under the new first hierarch, Metropolitan Mark of Berlin and Germany tells Sputnik

WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – September 20, 2022) The Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) will continue to uphold the wills of its founders under the new First Hierarch, Metropolitan Mark of Berlin and Germany has said to Sputnik.

“We will try to continue working on the same lines as our predecessor,” Metropolitan Mark said.

He said he was confident that the church, which became an autonomous part of the Moscow Patriarchate after their reunification in 2007, will strengthen its autonomy within the Russian Orthodox Church.

“We will try, at the same time, to bear witness to orthodoxy in front of the whole world,” he added.

On September 13, the ROCOR Council of Bishops elected Bishop Nicholas (Olhovsky) of Manhattan as its first hierarch.

Mark, who was a de facto leader of the church for four months between the death of former Primate Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral) and the election of his successor, pointed out that the new First Hierarch was mentored by his two predecessors – Metropolitans Laurus and Hilaire.

“It means for us that he will try to continue the same steps that we have taken so far. He will continue in the same direction, it is important for us to maintain our very particular situation, in which we operate, which is unique. in the world, because we are the only ecclesiastical body that is spread all over the world,” he said.

ROCOR was created by the Russian émigré in the 1920s. The church has dioceses and parishes on all continents.

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