On March 24, 2022, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presided over a session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church held at the Patriarchal and Synodal Residence in St. Daniel’s Monastery in Moscow.
In his opening address His Holiness Patriarch Kirill dwelt on the agenda of the meeting.
The list of the Holy Synod permanent members includes Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine; Metropolitan Vladimir of Chişinău 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 of Central Asia; Metropolitan Varsonofy of St. Petersburg and Ladoga; Metropolitan Pavel of Krutitsy and Kolomna; Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations; Metropolitan Veniamin of Minsk and Zaslavl, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus; and Metropolitan Dionisy of Voskresensk, chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate.
Invited to take part in the Synod’s summer sessions (March-August) were Metropolitan Innokenty of Vilnius and Lithuania; Metropolitan Antony of Borispol and Brovary; Metropolitan Kirill of Stavropol and Nevinnomysk; Metropolitan Artemy of Khabarovsk and Priamurye; and Bishop Mefody of Kamensk-Uralsky and Kamyshlov.
In view of the current international situation, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, as well as Metropolitan Innokenty of Vilnius and Lithuania and Metropolitan Antony of Borispol and Brovary could not attend the meeting.