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December 5, 2008

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has expressed his sadness on being informed of the death December 5 of Patriarch Aleksii II of Moscow. He was 79.

 

"He was a leader of stature, with abundant experience, determination and courage, who guided his Church with a steady hand...

May 20, 2003

Russian Orthodox Church officials are downplaying reports that Pope John Paul II is hoping to visit Russian this summer to return a venerated Russian icon. Some news agencies are reporting the possibility of a papal stopover in Kazan, the capital of the semi-autonomous Russian republic...

October 18, 2002

Patriarch Alexei II of the Russian Orthodox Church met with Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon during Sharon's recent two-day visit to Moscow and expressed concern about Christian pilgrims being unable to visit holy sites in the Middle East. 'We are grieving for the victims of terrorist acts...

July 10, 2002

The Orthodox Church has presented what it describes as evidence supporting its long-standing charge of Roman Catholic proselytizing in Russia. The Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church last week sent letters to the Vatican setting out its definition of proselytizing and listing...

February 13, 2002

An announcement by the Vatican on February 11 that it intended to form four dioceses in Russia has brought a strong reaction from the Russian Orthodox Church, further straining the relationship between the two churches. A statement by Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia said, 'We see...

January 18, 2002

Despite public statements by Russian president Vladimir Putin, the Russian Orthodox Church is opposed to a visit by Pope John Paul II until the Roman Catholic Church ceases what the Russians regard as 'expansion' in former Soviet territories.In an interview during a visit to Poland, Putin said...

July 27, 1999

Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold and a small delegation from the Episcopal Church made an official visit in July to two of the most important centers of Orthodox Christianity, in Moscow and Istanbul, where they received a very warm welcome--and assurances of "a new era of cooperation."

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November 19, 1998

Building on a close relationship built over the years, Bishop Charles Keyser, suffragan bishop for the Armed Forces, welcomed a delegation from the Russian Orthodox Church for an October tour of military installations and prison chaplaincies in the United States. "This is just the latest step...