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Today at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour gathered an unprecedented amount of the priests

June 29 2008

On Sunday, on the occasion of the completion of the Bishops' Council 2008, held in Moscow on June 24, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II held at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior Divine Liturgy.

In a festive worship service involved an unprecedented number - about 200 bishops of the Moscow Patriarchate, who arrived at the Cathedral of the more than 20 countries around the world.

According to the church to the Charter, the Council of Bishops is the "supreme authority of the hierarchical control" ROC. It consists of the diocesan (ruling) bishops, suffragan (assisting) bishops who head the Synodal institutions and religious academies or have the canonical jurisdiction over their subordinate parishes.

At the Cathedral was attended by nearly 200 ROC bishops from around the world. For the first time it was attended by hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, whose unity with the Moscow Patriarchate was restored May 17, 2007, RIA Novosti news agency.

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