The Russian Orthodox Church Abroad joins ROC

Russian Orthodox Church Abroad was formed as a result of civilian war in Russia. In 1919, in Stavropol, where there was a snow-white Army, was a Provisional Supreme Church Authority. After the victory of the Red Army brand new church moved first to Turkey, then to Serbia, where in 1921 wasand officially announced the development of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad.
In 1927, this church has torn off all canonical relations with the local church based in Moscow, saying, afterdnyaya is under the control of the wicked Bolsheviks.
Possibility of a reunion came after the fall of the communist government in 1991. In 2000, the Russian Cathedral Orthodox Church canonized saints of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and hundreds of others who have been victims of communist repression.
In September 2003, Russian President Vladimir Putin met in New York with First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, Metropolitan Laurus, and invited him to visit Russia. Then, in 2003, two churches formed a commission to create an agreement to merge.

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