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Russian Church Synod discussing document on military chaplains

December 25, 2013, 15:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia has opened this year’s last session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, which is held behind closed doors in the St Daniel’s Monastery in Moscow.

As he was opening the meeting, he especially stressed the importance of a Statute on Military Chaplains of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Russian Federation and the debates on the opportunity of baptizing surrogate children.

Specifically, Kirill I said the Synod is preparing to endorse a wide range of documents concerning a variety of aspects of church life.

“In this context, I’d like to stress the particular significance of the document on military chaplains,” he said. “It was adopted by the Supreme Church Council but we should give our blessing to it for its further circulation and implementation.”

“A document concerning surrogate motherhood is also important,” Kirill I said. “The issue was raised in the Fundamentals of the Russian Orthodox Church concept but was not an acute one for some time.

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