Religion: Signs of a Thaw

Ever since its founding in 1948, the World Council of Churches has been cold-shouldered by the Russian Orthodox Church as well as the Vatican. At its annual meeting last week at the University of St. Andrews, the World Council's policymaking Central Committee happily noted signs of thaw on both fronts.

For the first time, a message came from Russian Orthodoxy's head, Patriarch Alexis of Moscow, who sent observers to the St. Andrews meeting. "We can only rejoice," wrote Patriarch Alexis, "when Christians come together in a common effort to reach one mind in...

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