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The Moscow revolution: Kirill and the Curia
The main changes include the gutting of the Department for External Relations, which is losing many of its powers. New dicasteries are being created and entrusted to the new patriarch's trusted men. Metropolitan Kliment, the former Chancellor and Kirill's main competitor to succeed Alexy II, heads to the publishing advisory board. The new appointments also include a layman, as head of the newly created Information Department.
Positive relations with Catholics, but proselytism remains a problem, says Aleksij II
In his address to the Synod of the Orthodox Church the patriarch of Moscow stresses progress on issues of common interest like the role of religion, family and ethics, but he continues to complain about Catholic missionary activity and the “oppression” they are said to suffer at the hands of Uniates in Ukraine.
18/10/2005 VATICAN SYNOD ON THE EUCHARIST
Pope to write letter to Chinese bishops invited to Synod
Pope will personally answer the letter send by Mgr Luke Li Jingfeng to express his regrets for not being able to come to the Synod. Mgr Kondrusiewicz, Bishop of Moscow, speaks about the situation of Russian Catholics, expressing hope Pope Benedict XVI and Patriarch Aleksij II can meet each other.
Synod to elect new Moscow patriarch set for late January
Synod will take place on 28 and 29 January. On 1 February the new head of the Russian Orthodox Church will be announced. Kirill and Kliment are among the candidates. The latter is seen favourably by Russia’s political elites.
Moscow patriarchate abandons work for preparation of pan-Orthodox synod
Withdrawal motivated by the presence of the Estonian Church. Strong ecumenical characterisation around the awarding of the Klauss Hemerle prize to Bartholomew, around whom calls for a Nobel nomination are intensifying.
28/11/2007 CHINA – RUSSIA
Russian patriarchate ready to train Chinese priests
Metropolitan Kirill, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, confirmed Moscow’s willingness to provide theological training to priests from China’s 15,000-strong Orthodox community.
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