Altar section of the Church of the Dormition.
On August 21 began a visit to Beijing by Bishop MARK of Egorevsk, deputy chairman of
the Moscow Patriarchate's Department of External Church Relations. Accompanying
Bishop Mark on this visit is DECR member Dmitry Petrovsky, a member of the research
team on problems of the Orthodox Church in China.
During the visit, Bishop Mark, who
is in Beijing at the invitation of the Russian Embassy, will discuss with Russian
diplomats and Chinese officials matters relating to situation of Orthodox
compatriots in Chinese People's Republic and problems of the Chinese Autonomous
Orthodox Church. A number of meetings is planned for Bishop Mark with religious
leaders of Chinese People's Republic, Beijing Orthodox, and also compatriots living
in the Chinese capital.
After the destruction of Orthodox church buildings in 1954
on the territory of USSR Embassy and the closing of the city's Orthodox church
in 1962, Orthodox believers as well as Chinese Orthodox have been deprived of
praying at divine services in the Chinese capital, which remains until now one of the few
world capitals in which there are no Orthodox temples.