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Serbian Church issues statement about +Nikolai

In a letter dated February 24th, the Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church resolved:

"To take notice of the contents of a letter from His Eminence Metropolitan Jonah of Washington of the Orthodox Church of America, consigned to His Grace Nikolai, retired Bishop of Alaska, apropos a legal action which the Right Reverend Bishop Nikolai has taken against the Orthodox Church of America before the Supreme Court of the State of New York in the United States of America, and which was submitted to the Holy Synod of Bishops by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral.

At the same time, to request His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, to allow neither the relevant retired Bishop Nikolai, nor the archimandrite Isidore nor the hierodeacon Panteleimon, to conduct church services on the territory of the Diocese entrusted to him.

Moreover, to request the Most Reverend and Right Reverend diocesan archbishops and bishops not to allow the above clergymen to serve on the territories of the dioceses entrusted to them, until their status in their local Church is ultimately resolved."

Bishop Nikolai, who has been visiting Serbia and Montenegro for the past few weeks, reportedly to seek reception into that Local Church, is now expected to return to the United States on March 30th.



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