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Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad will choose in the U.S.

May 12 2008

Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) in New York will elect a new First Hierarch, the official website of the ROCOR. The former head of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, Laurel, died on the feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy in the 81-year life.

According to the Statutes of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and the Act of Canonical Communion with the Moscow Patriarchate, the first hierarch of ROCOR is elected for a council of bishops of the ROCOR. After that the chosen candidate approved by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church. In 1911 the ROCOR bishops, each of which may be a new Primate.

The most likely successor to Metropolitan Laurus of the ROCOR sources refer to it as the first deputy as chairman of the Synod of Bishops - Archbishop of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand Hilarion, RIA News .

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