The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Doors open, close

The Russian Orthodox Church deepened some ecumenical relationships while pushing back from others at the end of 2009. In December, it agreed to establish full diplomatic relations with the Vatican, 20 years and two days after a historic meeting between Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II broke the ice between the then-officially atheist communist Soviet Union and the Vatican. In November, Archbishop Hilarion, chair of the Moscow Patriarchate's external church relations, said the election of a female pastor, Margot Kaessman, as chair of the Evangelical Church in Germany could, after 50 years, mean "the end of dialogue" with that church.


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