Author: Vladimir Solovyov

Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov (1853 – 1900) was a Russian philosopher, theologian, poet, pamphleteer, and literary critic, who played a significant role in the development of Russian philosophy and poetry at the end of the 19th century and in the spiritual renaissance of the early 20th century. His book Russia and the Universal Church (1885) argued for a return of the Greco-Russian churches to Roman communion, but without forsaking any of their traditional patrimony. In 1896 he came into communion with Rome, but his death is mired in controversy. Nevertheless, by his life and works, he became the godfather of the Russian Catholic Church of the Byzantine Rite.