Russian Orthodox leader to visit


The head of the Russian Orthodox Church is coming to Japan in September for the centennial of the death of a missionary who brought the orthodox religion to Japan, Russia’s ITAR-Tass news agency said Tuesday, quoting the church’s external affairs official.

Patriarch Kirill will first visit Hakodate, Hokkaido, where the missionary served at the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) as a priest for the Russian Consulate, according to the report.

Kirill will also visit Sendai, the center of the Eastern Japan Diocese of the Orthodox Church in Japan, and pray for people affected by the earthquake and tsunami disasters of March 11, 2011, the report said.

He will also hold a religious service at the Holy Resurrection Cathedral, known as Nikolai-do, in central Tokyo, it said.