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Russian Orthodox Church:

see Orthodox Eastern ChurchOrthodox Eastern Church,
community of Christian churches whose chief strength is in the Middle East and E Europe. Their members number some 300 million worldwide. The Orthodox agree doctrinally in accepting as ecumenical the first seven councils (see council, ecumenical) and in
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Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Yolokolamsk, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH: OFFICIAL WEB SITE OF THE DEP'T FOR EXTERNAL CHURCH REL.
Beginning in 1989, thousands of parishes left the Moscow Patriarchate and registered in the now-legal UGCC.
In this vein, the chapter on the Moscow Patriarchate and its relations with the federal government comes perilously close to being polemic.
Finally, some observers believe that the recent difficulties in the Western Ukraine, because of their impact on the income and vocations of the Moscow patriarchate, have poisoned the relationship in a way that colors everything else.
Representatives of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church cited difficulties in providing religious services to soldiers and objected to the need to obtain approval for prison ministry activities from prison chaplains of the Moscow Patriarchate.
The other is that conflicts engendered by the competing claims on the Ukrainian soul made by adherents of the Moscow patriarchate, the Kiev patriarchate, and the Vatican are so fraught with historical and personal animus that any discussion of these claims will eventually seem surreal to an outside observer.
Second, the Orthodox blame Catholics for the tension in Western Ukraine between the Eastern-rite Greek Catholic church and the Orthodox church (the Moscow Patriarchate regards Ukraine, where Prince Vladimir was baptized in 988, as part of its canonical territory).
The Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church described the establishment of a "Catholic Church of Russia" as a "challenge to Orthodoxy.
The reason for this decision was the ungrounded reluctance, in defiance of the CEC Constitution and Rules, to consider the application for CEC membership from the Estonian Orthodox Church, which is a self-governed Church in the structure of the Moscow Patriarchate.
The Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan of Kyiv, Metropolitan Volodymyr, would not sign the letter.
Kirill heads the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow patriarchate, making him the second-highest official of the Russian Orthodox church, and his trip came at a time when relations between Rome and Moscow often resemble the saber-rattling standoff between Washington and Baghdad.
Petersburg Theological Academies, and the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate.

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