» 02/12/2009, 00.00
RUSSIA – CHINA
Patriarch Kirill meets Ye Xiaowen, China’s Religious Affairs minister
For years the Moscow Patriarchate has been trying to breathe new life into China’s Orthodox Church, relying on the influence of politicians like Putin and Sino-Russian economic relations.
08/02/2016 15:01:00 RUSSIA-VATICAN
Sergei Chapnin: The Russian Orthodox Church in 2016. The pan-Orthodox Synod (Part One)
June’s much anticipated gathering of all the Orthodox Churches is the first in 1300 years. The differences between Kirill and Bartholomew, between Moscow and Constantinople. On the eve of the meeting between Kirill and Francis, an outline of the open challenges facing the Russian Church. The first part of a study penned by Sergei Chapnin, former editor of the Moscow Patriarchate magazine.
Moscow Patriarchate, "fires" Archpriest Chaplin: I disagreed with Patriarch Kirill
The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church has been removed from the role of head of the Synodal Department for Relations with Society: "I tried to say that we should be more critical of immoral actions undertaken by the authorities".
13/02/2016 18:09:00 RUSSIA – VATICAN
The historic and somewhat surreal meeting between Pope Francis and Kirill
The leaders of two hieratic religious traditions hugged in a bare "Soviet" atmosphere, sterilised from the presence of people, but with dignitaries, politicians and journalists. The Joint Declaration contains important points, and sets the stage for missionary work for the coming centuries. Putin overshadows the Syrian issue. Kirill wins over Uniatism and Ukraine. However, the real world will be the test of the agreement.
Vote for new Moscow Patriarch set for tomorrow; three candidates running, Kirill favoured
Kliment of Kaluga and Filaret of Minsk are also in the race. Tomorrow’s election will include representatives of men and women religious as well as lay people from around the world.
From Moscow a patriarch for the third millennium
The death of Aleksij II provides a great opportunity for the spiritual renaissance of Russia’s Orthodox communities, opening the door to ecumenism and a common mission among Christians. But the weight of the political system and the traditional alignment between state and Church could lead to some surprises.
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