He maintained that priests who were operating churches in the occupied territories do not belong to the Russian Orthodox Church
and are therefore illegal.
In particular, we expect the Mission to check the latest reports of 25 April on the decision of the Russian armed formations to confiscate the church of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in the village of Kuznetsovo-Mykhailivka in the occupied part of Donetsk region and to transfer its ownership to the Russian Orthodox Church
The Russian Orthodox Church
has frequently accused the Catholic Church of proselytising in Russia, an Orthodox Christian country of 144 million.
Many analysts consider the Russian Orthodox Church
a tool for spreading Russia's influence and entails the promotion of Russian nationalist and imperialist ambitions.
11, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church agreed to become independent of the Russian Orthodox Church
during a meeting held at Fener Greek Patriarchate in Istanbul.
This volume contains no description of the Russian Orthodox Church
's joining of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
The essays explore the history of the Russian Orthodox Church
history since the late 18th century and consider broader historical problems related to the Orthodox Church, looking at how the Church responded to historical change both intellectually and institutionally.
MOSCOW * The Russian Orthodox church
, which boycotted a major summit of Orthodox Christian leaders in Greece, has declared the meeting "an important event in the history of the conciliar process."
Summary: Pope Francis met Friday with Patriarch Kirill in the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church
, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism that divided Christianity that may, however, be more about Russia asserting itself than any new ecumenical progress.
Pope Francis said his meeting with Patriarch Kirill was clear and direct, adding, "I greatly appreciate his desire for unity." The Russian Orthodox Church
had criticized the Roman Catholic Church for proselytizing in Eastern Europe during the 1990s in countries it considers within its own sphere of influence, including Belarus and Ukraine.
While the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople (Istanbul) believes they are the ones to issue the Tomos of Autocephaly, the Russian Orthodox Church
insists that all autocephalous orthodox churches should sign the document.
He claims that Russian forces are targeting the Ukrainian Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate to prop up the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church
. It is a calculated plan, "a narrative drawn from the nineteenth century, not the Soviet period.