Kim gets religion – Orthodox Church in North Korea
According to Der Spiegel (August 11, 2006) a Russian Orthodox Church has been opened in North Korea.
There’s also a blog comment: Russian Orthodox Find Support from Kim Jong-Il
This raises a number of questions — is Kim Jong Il emulating St Prince Vladimir? If so, will he likewise show a change in his manner of ruling? Will he be baptised? Will he allow his subjects to be baptised? Or will it just be a kind of showpiece?
There are other precedents too — we can but pray.
Pravda has a brief report.
The Guardian has a longer report, quoting North Korean official sources.
The Raw Story suggests that the church will be primarily for the use of Russian diplomats and other visiting Russians, but in that case, why go to the length of training Korean clergy??
But this is also the tenor of a somewhat older report from Keston College when the church was first mooted.
None of the reports say what language will be used in the services, though from the last two it seems they will probably be in Slavonic or Russian, and would not be of much help to locals who attend.