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on 23 January 2012
This fabulous book covers the ascendancy of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia following the demise of Soviet Bolshevism, and focuses on the character, ministry and influence of His Holiness Patriarch Alexii II (Ridiger) of blessed memory. His Holiness had the capacity to move beyond the allegations of being a KGB agent - a role that the Church investigated and rejected in 2003, and demonstrated his capacity to reconnect a Church reduced to a liturgical production to the people, via education, pastoral care, chaplaincy in hospitals and eventually the military. This book secondly highlights the Patriarch's instrumental blow to the Soviet soldiers and Bolsheviks who sought to overthrow the government of Boris Yeltsin in 1991. Thirdly this book highlights the role of the Patriarch in restoring the communion and unity of the Russian Church, with the 2007 Reunification of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), with the Moscow Patriarchate. This is a must read!