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Weird News Religion: Who are the Orthodox in France?

22:55  02 may  2021
22:55  02 may  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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One month after Catholics and Protestants , the Orthodox in turn celebrate Easter Festival. The opportunity to look at a branch of Christianity often unknown in France, compared to Catholicism and Protestantism. Guest of Europe 1 Sunday, the historian and theologian Jean-François Colosimo returned to the place of this church, which settled in our country as the migration of the 20th century. Where do they come from?

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These orthodox Christians are "

people from diasporas , immigrants," says Jean-François Colosimo. Moreover, "up to the great migratory waves of the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, there was no orthodoxy" in France. And this diaspora was formed throughout the 20th century, first with "Russians who fled the Revolution of 1917, from the expelled Greeks of Asia Minor", then "Serbs who fled Tito".

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then, after 1989 and

the fall of the wall of Berlin , arrived "Romanians, Ukrainians, other Russians" , adds the specialist, before the different conflicts in the Near East do not entail new migrations from Lebanese, Syrians, Palestinians, etc. In the Christians of the East, today, "new waves arrive with Copts of Egypt, Syriacs, Assyrians, Maronites of Lebanon," says Jean-François Colosimo.

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These populations from the East "have all arrived in France following a crisis, a persecution," adds the guest of Europe 1, and "found in France a haven". And in the context of secularism, "they undertook to make a kind of orthodoxy of France". This emergence of orthodoxy in France has "allowed to change the French religious landscape and the Catholics and the Protestants to come out of their face-to-face," Jean-François Colosimo, who concludes: "This also allowed Have Christians who had a knowledge of the Muslim world ".

Why did Catholic and Orthodox churches separate?

After several centuries of quarrels, both theological and political, the break has materialized with

the schism between the East and West churches in 1054 and the excommunication of the Patriarch of Constantinople Michel I Cerular, which had refused to recognize the primacy of the Pope. "As a result of the fall of the Roman Empire and barbarous invasions, the papacy will be constituted in a form of power, and the East does not want to accept that the pontifical magisterium constitutes a power over all the Other bishops, "explains Jean-François Colosimo.

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Therefore, pursues the historian, "there will be a great controversy where the Christians of the West, whether they are Catholics or Protestants, will blame oriented orthodox to be too contemplative, to be too much in their liturgy And their prayers, while the Orientals will blame the Christians of the West to want to do too much of the church a social and humanitarian enterprise, too engaged in history ".

What future for relations between churches?

"Things are moving forward," says Jean-François Colosimo, including the pulse of the

Pope Francis , "a very voluntary Pope who is in a true friendship with the Bartholomese Patriarch, which is the primacy of the orthodoxy". In addition, in parallel with the theological work led by the two churches, the rapprochement is led by the faithful themselves. "There are marriages between Orthodox, Catholics, Protestants," describes Jean-François Colosimo.

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