Orthodox priests from Western Europe rejoin Russian Church

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The Archdiocese of #Russian #Orthodox churches in Western Europe has officially returned to the #Moscow Patriarchate’s domain after defying an order from its rival Constantinople to dissolve.

Russia’s Patriarch Kirill presented the unity charter to Archbishop John (Renneteau) during a ceremony at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Moscow’s Patriarchate’s largest church. John, who shall remain in charge of the Western European parishes, was previously given the title ‘Archbishop of Dubna’.

“We ruled that John, the Archbishop of Dubna, shall be in charge of these parishes,” the charter reads, stating that his entity “is now an inherent part of Moscow Patriarchate.” At a special Sunday service in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral, the Patriarch also elevated Archbishop John to the rank of Metropolitan.

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