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The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill did not attend the funeral of Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, which was held on 29 January, and was forbidden to appear there bishops. This was announced by the former chief editor of the “Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate” Sergei Chapnin on his page in Facebook.
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. “Everything was organized by three old friends of father Vsevolod and more than anyone”, he added.
At the same time, according to the publication “Achilles”, Kirill personally performed the funeral service of Archpriest Matthew Stadnyuk, who died in a single day with Chaplin. Stadnyuk several decades was the rector of the Yelokhovo Epiphany Cathedral of Moscow, and was considered one of the most influential priests of the Soviet period, the newspaper notes.
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 — he served as the first Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and society of the Moscow Patriarchate and included in the Patriarchal Council for culture. In 2015 he left this position and became rector of the Church of St. Theodore the Studite Nikitsky gate. After his retirement 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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