The Official Information section tells about the visit of the delegation of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The delegation of Chinese scholars in Religion and Christianity studies was invited by the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate and paid a visit to Russia on June 1-7, 1999.

We publish the document The Decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church concerning the Chinese Orthodox Church.

The article The Church Life in Manchuria in 20th Century by Rev. Dionisiy Pozdnyaev discusses the history of dissemination of Orthodoxy in Northeast China following the construction of the Chinese Eastern Railroad in the 1900s-1920s.

A new study on the History of Moscow Metoche of Russian Orthodox Mission in China by Rev. Peter Ivanov reveals new facts of the Missions history in the 20th sentury based on various documents.

Rev. John Du (an Orthodox priest, died in 1983) in the article Development of Russian Orthodox Church in Tianjing and its environs shows the Chinese impact on the history of the Chinese Orthodox Church and relations between China and Russia.

A miracle with the icon in the Russian Orhodox Mission to Peking in 1951 is described in memoirs of Alexander Kirillov who served at that time in the Mission under Archbishop Victor (Svyatin). Now the author lives in Brazil.

A translation from Orthodox Word is focused upon the prophetic dimension of the Saint Logos in the ancient Chinese classical book Tao Teh Ching (Dao De Jing). The contemporary Christian reader could see the spiritual poetic reflection of the Christ in the poem by Lao Zi. The abstract from The Origin of Dao gives the reader an opportunity to compare the ancient Chinese text with the Bible and the teaching of the Church.

An abridged translation of the article The Organizational Structure and Activity of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Church and Chinese Catholic Synod by Dr. Xiong Zijian (Chengchi University, Taiwan) tells the story of complicated relations between the PRC leaders and Vatican since the foundation in the 1950s of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Church independent from Vatican Administration.

The Book Review section introduces the most recent monograph by the Chinese scholar in Orthodox Christianity Prof. Yue Feng Dongzhengjiao shi (History of the Eastern Orthodoxy), Beijing, 1999. The review is written by Dr. Alexander Lomanov.