This chapter assesses the significance of the Russian Orthodox's publicity campaign in Paris. It explains how the Orthodox publicists found sympathy in some quarters and successfully initiated a reappraisal of Russian church–state relations in the West. It also discusses the sense of historical destiny that spurred further efforts to enhance Orthodoxy's global visibility and prestige. The chapter illustrates imperial Russia and its church that were seen as threats to European civilization from the standpoint of liberalism and Roman Catholicism. It mentions the joint agreement signed by Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis in February 2016 that suggests an alignment of the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches on many issues.
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