Patriarch Tikhon Bellavin (1865-1925) is one of the most important Orthodox Church leaders in modern times. He was elected head of the Russian Orthodox Church shortly after the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917 and navigated Russia’s most important religious institution through the harsh anti-religious campaigns of the militantly atheist revolutionary regime. Earlier in his career, Tikhon had also been the head of the Orthodox Church in North America, where he made profoundly significant contributions to the development of Orthodoxy in the new world.
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