The formal unification of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad took place in a lavish ceremony in Moscow, ending a more than 80-year rift. President Vladimir Putin has hailed the move as an “epoch-making event.” – As appendixes, two documents: the Act of Canonical Communion and the Addendum to the Act of Canonical Communion.
A schism has developed in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), one of the larger exile Russian Orthodox churches, over leadership issues and the prospect of rapprochement with the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). Following the retirement of Metropotitan Vitaly Ustinov (b. 1910), who had been the Primate of the ROCOR since 1986, the […]