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On October 7, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia chaired session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church held at the Patriarchal chambers in the Laura of the Holy Trinity and St. Sergius.

He addressed the members of the Holy Synod, saying: ‘As there are issues that need to be discussed right now, we decided not to wait for a planned session of the Synod. There are two topics on the agenda: information of the Patriarch’s visits to the dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church and the key issue of our session.’

His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine; Metropolitan Juvenaly of Krutitsy and Kolomna; Metropolitan Vladimir of Kishinev and All Moldova; Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan, head of the metropolitan area in the Republic of Kazakhstan; Metropolitan Vikenty of Tashkent and Uzbekistan, head of the metropolitan area in Central Asia; Metropolitan Varsonofy of St. Petersburg and Ladoga; Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavl, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus; Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, and Metropolitan Savva of Tver and Kashin, chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate, are permanent members of the Holy Synod.

Invited to the winter session (September-February) are Metropolitan Kornily of Arkhangelsk and Kholmogory, Metropolitan Grigory of Chelyabinsk and Miass, Metropolitan Dimitry of Chita and Petrovsk-Zabaykalsky, Bishop Ignaty of Vyborg and Priozersk, and Bishop Matfei of Sourozh.