Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk Met with the Head of Anglican Church of North America
On May 13, the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk met with the with the head of the Anglican Church of North America, Archbishop Foley Beach. Also attending the meeting was Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA; Archimandrite Filaret (Bulekov, Vice-chairman of DECR); F.V. Champion, member of the DECR secretariet for inter-Christian relations as well as Bishop Kevin Bond Allen of the Anglican Church.
During the meeting, the main topics of the Summit for Defense of Persecuted Christians was discussed. There was also discussion on the processes taking place in recent years in the Anglican community, and the prospects for an Orthodox-Anglican dialogue. Archbishop Foley Beach confirmed the firm commitment of the Anglican Church in North America to evangelical moral standards.
The Anglican Church in North America was formed in 2009 consisting of dioceses and parishes of the Episcopal Church of the United States, which did not accept the liberal line of its leadership. It includes 32 dioceses and more than 1000 parishes.
In 2006, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate (curretnly the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia), wrote a letter of support to the Bishop Duncan of Pittsburgh, former head of the Anglican Church in North America, and those bishops with him and supported their desire to remain faithful to Christian moral principles.
In 2015, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia received the delegation of the Anglican Church in North America in his working residence in the St. Daniel Monastery in Moscow.
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