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THE PRESENCE OF RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN THE ARAB WORLD
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With the election of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Kirill in February 2009 the activity of Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) outside Russia has significantly grown. The revitalization of the ROC abroad occurred due to the following reasons: 1) aspiration of new head of the ROC to strengthen its influence in the world; 2) establish cooperation of Russian Orthodox Church with government agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 3) growth of the authority of Russia in the international arena, that manifests itself in respect to the ROC by the official authorities; 4) departure for permanent residence abroad of a large number of Russians who begin to experience the need for spiritual communication, including the nourishment of the Church, which requires the construction and opening of new parishes.

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