Thursday, July 22, 2010

Orthodoxy in China

Nina Achmatova reports on "three tomes, which are waiting for a translator, [that] are about the birth and development of three churches in Beijing, Tianjin and Harbin" — Three rare books about the Russian Orthodox Church in China found. Some history:
    The history of the Russian Orthodox Church in China goes back more than 300 years ago. The first communities were formed by Russian immigrants, especially in the north. Even today, most of its 13,000 members are of Russian descent.... At present, there is no clergy because Orthodox bishops and priests disappeared, swallowed up by the Cultural Revolution.

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