Alexy II of Russian Orthodoxy dies...

12-05-2008, 07:37 PM
The late head of the Russian Orthodox church, Alexy II, releases a dove after a holiday service at the Kremlin, in April 2004. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images

Big event, for Russia. Mr. Putin calls off his trip...and probably will return from India.

{Will there be a conclave, like in Western Catholicism?}

12-05-2008, 07:49 PM
rest in peace

12-05-2008, 09:08 PM
...a great irony occurs to me, in that Benedict XVI is of German origins, and Alexy II (who was born in Estonia, father in St. Petersburg...) came from Germanic nobility...