The head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations of the ROC Metropolitan Hilarion spoke about his good relationship with the head staroobryadchesky Church by Metropolitan Cornelius and the difficulties in overcoming the split in the presentation of his book on Thursday, June 1, reports “Interfax”.
“The Church always says that the split that occurred in the seventeenth century, — is not something we should tolerate, and that we should endeavour to ensure that this separation was overcome,” — said Metropolitan Hilarion.
However, at present community, he said, “far enough to specifically work to overcome” differences and reunite.
Hilarion also said that the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Cornelius ‘ 31 may was held in honor of the 70th anniversary of the last and on the eve of the 400th anniversary of the birth of the spiritual leader of the old believer movement of the Archpriest Avvakum.
The President gave the Metropolitan the life of St. Nicholas of Myra Church-Slavonic language.
The Kremlin stressed that Putin’s meeting and Metropolitan Cornelius in Rogozhskaya the spiritual center of Russian Orthodox old believers ‘ Church in Moscow should not be taken as the first and exclusive. “They spoke at various ceremonies and events, that is, multiple communication”, — said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.