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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Orthodox Churches to Reunite

Russian Orthodox leaders are to sign a pact reuniting the main church in Russia with a breakaway church that split off following the Bolshevik Revolution.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II is to sign the Canonical Communion Act with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Metropolitan Laurus, at a ceremony Thursday in Christ the Savior Cathedral.

"I think we stand today on the threshold of a historic event that will liquidate the tragic consequences of the Civil War," Alexy said Wednesday.

The church abroad split from the Moscow Patriarchate three years after the 1917 Revolution and cut all ties in 1927, after the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Sergy, declared the church's loyalty to the Communist government. The Russian Orthodox Church had said Sergy's move was aimed at saving the church, but the breakaway group found it unpalatable. The Moscow Patriarchate disavowed the declaration last year.