Friday, December 5, 2008

Death of a Patriarch

Patriarch Aleksy, Russia's equivalent to the pope, died today. I actually got to see him preside over Saturday service during Easter week last year at Christ the Savior. Aleksei has been a pivotal figure in the revival of the church here in Russia which has gone from persecuted relic to a now cozy relationship with the current government. In rural areas, the sense of belief is strong while I still believe city dwellers relate to the church as a fashionable part of being Russian.

Published: December 6, 2008
Aleksy II led a revival of the church after Communism and built ties to the Kremlin under Vladimir V. Putin.

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