China sees First Chinese Orthodox Priest in Sixty Years

The first mainland Chinese Orthodox priest ordained for six decades led an Easter service on Sunday — one of the most surprising fruits of warming ties between Moscow and Beijing.Alexander Yu Shi said prayers in the Church Slavonic language and in Mandarin beside the Church of Holy Protection in the northeastern city of Harbin, surrounded by local worshippers."It is a happy day. We are welcoming the resurrection," he said. "And for the Eastern Orthodox Church in Harbin, it's also a resurrection."The small and elderly Orthodox community — mostly descended from Chinese and Russians who intermarried in the city's cosmopolitan heyday a century … [Read more...]