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Third Conference of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society elected new members of the Board of IOPS five clergymen of the Russian Orthodox Church
Third Conference of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society elected new members of the Board of IOPS five clergymen of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The conference elected 279 delegates. Russian Orthodox Church was represented by Metropolitan Juvenal Krutitsy and Kolomna , the head of the Moscow Patriarchate for Foreign Institutions Archbishop Mark Egoryevsky , Deputy Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Nikolai Balashov , the head of the Moscow Patriarchate Publishing Archpriest Vladimir Silovyev , head of the inter-religious contacts DECR Rev. Dimitry Safonov , clerics representing local offices IOPS.
The conference was also attended by First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation AP Torshin , Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia ML Bogdanov, head of the Department of interregional cooperation, national policies and Relations with Religious Organizations of Moscow city Y. Artyukh, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in Cyprus Georgios Kasoulides, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Syrian Arab Republic in the Russian Federation R. Haddad, Academician EM Primakov.
IOPS Chairman SV Stepashin said in his speech on the main activities of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society for the past two years. He said that the company is in close cooperation with the Russian Orthodox Church and stressed attention to the activities of IOPS from the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill and chairman of the Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion .
Deputy Chairman of the EA IOPS Agapov reported humanitarian actions of the Company to collect aid to the population of Syria, which were launched in April 2013 with the blessing of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. On this day in this country sent ten batches of humanitarian aid.
Preparations for organizing the collection help civilians southeastern Ukraine. Delegates adopted a special appeal on this matter.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, ML Bogdanov announced appeal Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The report's publication and research activities of the company, the deputy chairman of IOPS NN Lisovoy.
The statute of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society was amended, according to which the conference shall be convened at least once every three years instead of two as previously. Under the changes the statute also provides for rotation of a quarter roll of members of the Board of IOPS.
The Conference Board doizbrala in IOPS from the Russian Orthodox Church, instead of leaving his post in the Council Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, five new members: a representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia at the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East abbot Arseny (Sokolov) , Acting Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem abbot Theophanes (Lukyanov) , the executive secretary of the Division for Church Charity and Social Service of the Moscow Patriarchate abbot Seraphim (Kravchenko), DECR secretary for inter-Christian relations ieromonaha Stephen (Igumnov) and sector head of interfaith contacts DECR Rev. Dimitry Safonov . The Council also made IOPS Deputy Chairman of the Company Egoryevsky Archbishop Mark and Bishop Tikhon of Podolsk .
In conclusion of the meeting were awarded honorary memorable characters of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society.