Russian Orthodox Church marks 300 years in China
ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
December 7, 2012
The Russian Orthodox Church has held several events in Hong Kong to mark 300 years since Emperor Kangxi (1654-1722) issued a decree approving the founding of the Russian Spiritual Mission in Beijing.
As well as liturgy services there was a roundtable conference yesterday to discuss various issues the Orthodox Church encounters in China today.
The Orthodox Church is not among the five government-recognized religions in China. There are four churches in the country which are officially allowed to hold services but there are no full-time priests.
There are roughly 15,000 to 20,000 Chinese believers across China.
Books featuring a Russian-Chinese translation on catechism, missiology, liturgy and history were also on display while commemorative stamps depicting former bishops and churches in China were issued in Hong Kong earlier this year.
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