On July 27, at the Synodal Hall of the Kyiv Metropolis at the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia the regular meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church is held.
The permanent members of the Holy Synod are: Metropolitan Volodymyr of Kyiv and All Ukraine, Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg and Ladoga, Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch of all Belarus, Metropolitan Yuvenaly of Krutitsy and Kolomna, Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and all Moldova, Metropolitan Varsonofiy of Saransk and Mordovia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.
Among those invited to participate in meetings of the summer session (March-August 2011) also are: Metropolitan Ioanniky of Luhansk and Alchevsk, Archbishop Theophanes of Berlin and Germany, Archbishop Manuel of Petrozavodsk and Karelia, Archbishop Jonah of Astrakhan, Archbishop Rostislav of Tomsk and Asinov.
Before the meeting, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill addressed the members of the Synod and accredited media representatives with a brief welcoming speech. The Primate of the Russian Church expressed particular pleasure that the next session of the synod is held again in the walls of the Kyiv Caves Lavra, near the imperishable relics of the Reverend Fathers of Kyiv-Pechersk.
Among the other things, the message of His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr on the Jubilee Council, held in July this year, was heard.