After many difficult decades for Orthodox Christians in China, things are slowly changing. For instance, the first Chinese Orthodox priest in sixty years was ordained three years ago, resulting from talks between Russia and China. There are currently around ten thousand Orthodox Christians in the People’s Republic.
Another important step was taken in March, thanks to respectful and consistent talks between the two countries: from now on, Chinese Orthodox students are allowed to attend Russian Orthodox seminaries to prepare for the ministry.
“Following the first Orthodox priest after a long break, others will come to Harbin. We hope to resume regular services in Ergun, Yining, and Ürümqi, where the churches are opened but there are no priests. We hope our fellow believers will find places for prayer in other parts of this vast country. We will be consistent and patient until the normal life of the Chinese Orthodox Church is restored. The first steps towards this have already been taken,” said Fr. Balashov, Vice Chairman of the Department of External Church Affairs (DECR) of the Russian Orthodox Church.
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