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Russia's Orthodox church in reunification

Russia's Orthodox church in reunification
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An eighty year rift between the Russian Orthdox Church and a rival faction has been healed in a reunification ceremony in Moscow. Wearing a bright green robe, Alexiy II, patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, Metropolitan Laurus, signed a document restoring severed links between the two groups.

President Vladmir Putin – who has openly demonstrated his Orthodox faith since becoming President in 2000, said the reunification was a huge moment: “The signing of the “Act of canonical communion” is an event which has real historical scale and enormous moral value.”

The Russian Orthodox Church Aborad was formed by exiled supporters of Tsar Nicholas II – who split from the church because it had fallen under sway of Russia’s Communist rulers.

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