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RUSSIA - JAPAN
Patriarch Kirill in Japan for the centennial of Saint Nicholas' death
Russian Orthodox religious leader will visit Japan between 14 and 18 September to remember the saint who established the local Orthodox Church. In 1970, Moscow granted Japan its autonomy, recognising its founder as "Equal-to-the-Apostles".
(AsiaNews) - The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill announced that he
will visit Japan on 14-18 September to celebrate the centennial of the death of
Saint Nicholas, archbishop of Japan and a great missionary who founded the Japanese
Orthodox Church. After meeting with Japanese Ambassador to Russia Chikahito
Harada, the patriarch made his decision official.
patriarch will be hosted by the Metropolitan of Tokyo and All Japan, Daniel. After
his visit to the archipelago, Kirill will travel to Krasnoyark in Siberia and Vladivostok,
where he will meet with local Orthodox and authorities.
Orthodox Church of Japan is an autonomous Church within the Orthodox Church. Born
Ivan Kasatkin, Saint Nicholas was sent in 1861 to the island of Hokkaido as a
presbyter to a chapel of the Russian consulate.
his mission, he translated the Holy Scriptures and other religious texts into
Japanese and had Tokyo's Holy Resurrection Cathedral built.
1970, when the autonomy of the Japanese Church was recognised, he was proclaimed
as "Equal-to-the-Apostles," a title given to saints who distinguish themselves
for their great missionary commitment.
present, there are 30,000 Japanese Orthodox, divided in three dioceses: Tokyo, led
by Archbishop Daniel Nushiro; Sendai, in the east, led by Bishop Seraphim
Tsujie; and Kyoto, in the west, also led by Daniel as locum tenens.
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Greek-catholic Patriarch: Orthodox connivance with Stalin undermines our relations
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VATICAN - USA
Pope to Trump: America’s greatness is measured by its attention to the poor
Pope Francis exalts the "rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people” and the nation’s “commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide ". Concerns " for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door ". The oath Trump preceded by various prayers of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish Representatives. The slogan "America first" will guide political choices. String criticism of the establishment. China’s caution and the enthusiasm of the president of Taiwan.
CHINA - UNITED STATES
The Trump era begins: The China-US relationship and the risk of war
As the inauguration ceremony of the Trump presidency approaches, the Propaganda Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party has banned all journalists from “unauthorized criticism" of Trump’ words and deeds. According to the great dissident Wei Jingsheng there is a chance that Trump will force China into fair trade deals, possibly leading to political and legal reforms. A trade war is an option.
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