Given that I have been told not to go on about the Calendar - whether Old or the many versions of the New - aka 'revised'etc that you clearly favor, I won't go on about the Old calendar.
The point is that those who boast of what a magic cure all the calendar is refuse to confront the fact that Czar Peter did far, FAR more damage to the Orthodox Church than they accuse Met/Abp/EP/Pope Meletios of doing. If you want to showcase the triumph of secularism, the world and the heterodox/heretics, look there.
Christ is risen!
Unfortunately Moscow strained out the gnat of the Calendar revision and swallowed the camel of the Petrine deforms. Romania adopted the Revision and her Church went through communism in far better shape than Russia's did. And for most of the existence of Communist Moscow (which did again center Russia on Moscow) her patriarchate was on the Old Calendar.
Fit in with the world or sell out to the world? You won't find anyone using the Old Calendar with electric organs like in much of the GOA in the US, priests dressed in Latin clerical shirts or indeed engaging with the heterodox except in the context of vigorous missionary work like in Bukasa with collaboration being about shared social issues, not shared worship.
I don't think the Ecumenical Patriarchate has a presence in Africa (it recognizes the continent as the canonical territory of the Church of Alexandria), but I could be wrong.
Vis-a-vis the calendar I've only found information on the representation in Jo'burg (St. Sergius') and it's Julian calendar - I'd assume the representation in Cairo is old style as well and it'd make sense for the representation being built in Addis to be the same given that the Ethiopian calendar is on the same wavelength as the Julian.
ROCOR Church in Uganda is Julian, or was last I corresponded with them. I guess there is not as much need to fit in with the world when you are on Bukasa Island.
I think the MP and Old Calendar churches - the majority of Orthodox Christians still manage to live in the secular world and "cope" with the burden of a Church Calendar that doesn't need to fit with secular pagan Christmas, or need change because it never needed reform and was only altered by those infused with the non-Orthodox values of the Enlightenment.
You will find no disagreement with you on this issue from me, Brother - particularly your last statement.
I'm sorry, but your post makes no sense. I am totally missing the point that you are trying to make. You keep trying to bring up Communism, but neither Russia nor Romania is Communist. It seems that in both countries, the Church triumphed over the atheists. There is no continent on the face of the Earth where the Russian Orthodox Church does not exist. It even exists in space. Can Romania, or any other Orthodox Church say that? You are having to dig pretty deep to find excuses for your Church's break from worshiping with the Universal Church. And really, that is all they are - excuses.
Univesal Church nothing: the various Churches with their various calendars did not begin to synchrnoize throughout the world until Nicea (remember the rebuke of Pope St. Victor?), and even then it did not start to become a reality until the Novella of Justinian and the institution of the indiction, i.e. the secular world and its astronomically based calendar.
Others keep on bringing up Communism, as an excuse to deflect the failure of the Old Calendar to save Orthdooxy, despite their boasting.
Outside of Antarctica, yes, my own race the Arabs are on every continent. And the Greeks, and the Romanians. The Bulgarians are even on Antarctica. I don't know how much they are on one continent (South America, although its largest country just elected a Bulgarian Communist President). The space question has already been answered.
The Russia Church is a great Church, but the Old Calendar is NOT one of the pillars of its greatness.
Peter the Great........ for heaven's sake the Patriarchate has been restored for almost 100 years. The Synodical government of the Church of Russia is long buried just as the Sergianist era MP issues are largely buried. What is appropriate is the consideration that 75% of the world's Orthodox Christians are under the omophor of the Russian Orthodox Church, compared with perhaps 5% under Constantinople, which is not even free to practice Orthodoxy in its own heartland of Turkey.
You say that the Old Calendar didn't save the Russian Church? I think it did, because the Renovationist schism sought to implement all manner of reforms - married bishops, modernised and shortened liturgies and of course a secular calendar.
What you think doesn't matter: where are your facts?
Fact: one of the reasons the Russian HATED the Czarina St. Alexandra the Passion-Bearer is because, unlike the vast majority of the Russian aristocracy, she took Orthodoxy seriously. Russian society condemned her as a German prude and a bore when she struck from invitation lists those who were more notoriously flaunting their affairs and adultery. Russian society wrote her off as aloof when she prefrered her daily devotions to their frivalities. And Russian society was on the Old Calendar, civil and ecclesiastical.
Fact: Greece went on the New Calendar, and not only did it not get married bishops, modernised (its language is even more archaic than Slavonic) and shortened liturgies, but it didn't get a Communist government either. On the Old Calendar, its Church was headed by a son of the Vatican and a Lutheran, due to imitation of Peter's synodal government.
Fact: Romania went on the New Calendar, and although it did get modern liturgies (Romanian doesn't have much archaism in it to speak of, and it revises its texts periodically, to keep them UNDERSTOOD) they weren't shortened (Romanians like sticking things in, like memorials), and it didn't get married bishops. It did, however, survive Communism almost completely intact, with religious devoition and respect for the Church at a far, far higher level than Russia. On the Old Calendar, it too, in imitation of Peter's synodal government, was headed by sons of the Vatican, who unconstitutionally gave much away to their "Mother Church."
Fact: Alexandria and Antioch are on the New Calendar, and they are in far, far better shape than Old Calendar Jerusalem.
Fact: if the reform synod of Russia (including the calendar question, as shown above) had taken place earlier than the Bolshevik revolution, the renovationists and Communists may never have dominated the Church.