Русский | DECR Communication Service of the Russian Orthodox Church | November 16, 2007
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Representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church took part in the regional meeting of compatriots

November 13-14, 2007, in the embassy of Russia held a conference in Beijing, Russian compatriots living in the Asia-Pacific region, conducted pursuant to the World Congress compatriots. The main objectives of the conference have become strengthened links with the homeland of compatriots, the preservation of Russian identity, further consolidation of the Russian-speaking space in the region.

The participants, representing organizations compatriots from Australia, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, Mongolia, Singapore, Japan, were made by the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia to China SS Razov, executive director of fund "Russian world" VA Nikonov, the MFA Russia, Roszarubezhtsentra, Moscow home compatriot.

Secretary of External Relations mezhpravoslavnym church ties Moscow Patriarchate archpriest Nikolai Balashov spoke at the opening of the conference with a presentation on "The Russian Church and the Russian consolidation of peace". Father Nikolai participants in the meeting conveyed the greetings and good wishes of chairman of the Division of external church ties Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, spoke on the development of Russian Church's presence in the Asia-Pacific region, on the implications of signing the canonical communion Act, which was restored unity with the Church in the Fatherland diaspora communities (in Australia).

"Temple of the Russian Orthodox Church, not only are the focus of prayer life. They are centers of communication and unite the people at a very solid basis: on the basis of a common faith, a common commitment to the system of spiritual and moral values, which formed Russian Orthodox tradition, "he said.

Speakers at the conference of representatives of organizations compatriots discussed issues of interest to them, shared their experience and established mutually beneficial contacts. Many of the presentations was the unifying role of the Russian Orthodox Church parishes.

The conference was also attended by archpriest Dionisy Pozdnyaev (Hong Kong), archpriest Gabriel Makarov (Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Church Abroad), a member of the Division of External links the Moscow Patriarchate church D. I. Petrovsky.

The outcome of the conference marked "a great role played by Russian Orthodox Church in the process of preserving identity compatriots abroad, the revival of spiritual unity, strengthening humanitarian and cultural ties with the historical Motherland" Among the priorities identified maintenance of historical memory "and Russian heritage in the countries of residence , the preservation of historical monuments. "

The next conference of Russian compatriots in Asia Pacific is scheduled to be held in Ulan Bator (Mongolia), no later than October, 2008.

On the opening day of the conference archpriest Nikolai Balashov, archpriest Gabriel Makarov and archpriest Dionisy Pozdnyaev committed on the territory of Russia embassy in Beijing Divine liturgy in "Red Fangzi" - the former residence of the Russian spiritual mission chiefs in China.