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Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, along with members of the inter-Council presence of the Russian Church has honored the memory of Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, who died 26 Jan. On Thursday, January 30, reported on his page in Facebook the head of the Department for Church-state relations and mass-media Vladimir Legoyda.
“At the end of today’s meeting of the Plenum of the inter-Council presence at the meeting, on the proposal of his Holiness Patriarch Kirill, sang “Eternal memory” the late Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, a former member of presence”, — he wrote, adding that this information is true, and the rumors about the ban on the funeral of Chaplin — no.
With the same statement on 30 January were in the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). There has denied the information that the Patriarch forbade the higher clergy to appear at the funeral of Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, which took place on January 29.
Earlier, the former chief editor of the “Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate” Sergei Chapnin said that Kirill did not attend the funeral of Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin and got banned there bishops. According to him, some bishops “at your own risk” came the day before to serve at the tomb of a short lithium, however, at the official ceremony, none of them never showed up. In addition, the Patriarch refused to help with the funeral, says Caplan.
Vsevolod Chaplin died on January 26. According to eyewitnesses, before his death, the priest happened asthma attack — he sat down on a bench at the Church of St. Theodore the Studite Nikitsky gate, where he served as Dean, I couldn’t breathe, turned blue and fell. Arrived on the scene, the paramedics pronounced him dead. According to preliminary autopsy results, the Archpriest died from acute coronary heart disease.
Chaplin was familiar with the current Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church since his youth and was even ordained them to the priesthood. After that, he worked together with the Patriarch — held the post of first Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and society of the Moscow Patriarchate and included in the Patriarchal Council for culture. In 2015, Chaplin left this position and became rector of the Church of St. Theodore the Studite Nikitsky gate. After the resignation Chaplin has repeatedly criticized the Russian Orthodox Church, while the Church is called to consider the words of Archpriest expression of the official position of the ROC.
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