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  • Holy New Martyrs of Optina

    11/24/2015 5:54:55 PM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Death to the World ^ | 2013 | John Valadez
    Holy New Martyrs of Optina 2 years ago John Valadez ArticlesHoly FathersLives 2 From Issue 19 In 1917, the Russian Revolution and the rise of communism resulted in the deaths of millions of believers and destroyed countless churches and monasteries. Optina monastery, once the center of true spirituality for the entire region, was initially spared… but not for long. In 1938 the last Abbot was executed by the communists and the Monastery was shut down. It’s lands were taken by peasant farmers and it’s beautiful cathedral turned into a state museum. It stood silently decaying, awaiting it’s own resurrection....
  • Patriarch Kirill: The West is no longer Christian

    10/28/2015 1:03:01 PM PDT · by Altenkrug · 24 replies
    CypLive ^ | October 28, 2015
    Western countries do not identify themselves with the Christian tradition and harass those who defend Christian values, said Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on Wednesday at a meeting with US preacher Franklin Graham at the St. Daniel Monastery. "Russian Church during the Cold War was actively developing relations with Western Christians. We were living in difficult conditions of atheistic ideology and perceived Western civilization as Christian civilization. We appreciated the freedom in which they lived, Christians in the West, and considered them our brothers and allies" - said the Patriarch. He stressed with regret that in recent years...
  • Russian leading politician: Syria is a Christian holy land for Russia.It Is Our Land

    10/23/2015 12:19:39 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 25 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2 Oct 2015 | Mary Chastain
    This is generally the holy land, he explained. It is for us [Russians] our land. It was from there came to us a civilization. Maybe someone forgot. Antioch gave us the first monks. He continued, When we celebrated the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty all liturgy led not to Russian Orthodox Church, but to Antioch. Would not it be for Antioch, there would be no Orthodoxy and Russia. This is our land!
  • Statement of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Oregon Mass Murder of Christians

    10/04/2015 11:16:20 AM PDT · by NRx · 41 replies
    ROC ^ | 10-02-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    The Russian Orthodox Church is deeply grieved to learn about the terrible terrorist action in a college in the state of Oregon in the United States, in which peaceful people were killed. What makes the tragedy even graver is that the killer consciously chose to victimize young people who confess Christianity. This glaring inhuman act confirms once again that Christianity has become the most persecuted religion in the world. Extremists in various parts of the world increasingly seek to provoke hatred and enmity among religions and nations, for which they are ready to commit the most inhuman evil deeds. The...
  • Russian air strikes hit three Syrian provinces (Rus Orthodox Church calling it a holy battle)

    09/30/2015 11:24:54 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 155 replies
    mg.co.za ^ | 30 Sep 2015 16:38 | AFP
    <p>Warplanes have carried out air strikes in Hama, Homs and Latakia in what Russia's powerful Orthodox Church has termed a "holy battle".</p> <p>Russian and Syrian airplanes carried out numerous strikes today against terrorist positions in Hama, Homs and Latakia provinces, according to a Syrian security source.</p>
  • Statement by the Chancery...on the Issue of Homosexual Marriage

    06/27/2015 6:38:31 AM PDT · by lightman · 24 replies
    Russian Orthodox Churchj ^ | 26 June AD 2015 | ROCOR Chancery
    Statement by the Chancery of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America on the Issue of Homosexual Marriage to the Clergy and Flock of the Diocese Statement from the Diocesan Chancery on the Contemporary Question of Homosexual Marriage to the Clergy and Flock of the Diocese March 16/29, 2013 Martyrs Sabinus and Papas Updated November 8/21, 2014 Archangel Michael and All the Bodiless Powers Updated June 13/26, 2015 Martyr Aquilina of Byblos in Syria Today the United States Supreme Court ruled that homosexual marriage is a constitutional right in the United States of America. Given the ubiquitous coverage the news media...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Facing Ukraine Split

    06/17/2015 10:14:14 AM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 06-15-2015 | Vladimir Ryzhkov
    President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said that he considers Russians and Ukrainians "a single people." He justified annexing Crimea and providing military and political support to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics with the claim that he was defending the "Russian world." However, the conflict in Ukraine is the greatest breakdown of that "Russian world" since the reunification of Ukraine and Russia at the Council of Pereyaslav in the early 17th century. One of the main factors contributing to the collapse of that "Russian world" is the schism rapidly forming within the Russian Orthodox Church (ROS). It now seems...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Ends Ties With Protestants Over Gay Marriage

    06/04/2015 11:46:40 PM PDT · by bad company · 9 replies
    http://www.rferl.org ^ | June 04, 2015 | By RFE/RL
    The Russian Orthodox Church says it is severing ties with the main protestant churches of France and Scotland over the issue of same-sex unions. The Moscow Patriarchate said on June 3 that "formal contacts" with the two institutions were pointless after France's United Protestant Church last month voted to allow pastors to bless same-sex marriages and the Church of Scotland approved ordaining clergy in same-sex civil unions. "We regretfully acknowledge, that today we have a new divide in the Christian world, not only regarding theological subjects, but regarding moral issues as well," the patriarchate said in a statement. The Moscow...
  • China Allows 1st Ordinations of Russian Orthodox Priests in 60 Years

    05/19/2015 1:39:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Chinese government has allowed the ordination of Russian Orthodox priests, for the first time in 60 years, the AsiaNews service reports. Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads the external-affairs department of the Moscow patriarchate, announced the ordinations after his return from a visit to China. His trip came shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled to Moscow, meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. Metropolitan Hilarion reported very constructive talks with government officials in Beijing, adding that China is a society that properly values the role of culture, traditions and the moral factor in shaping the lives of...
  • St. Petersburg Smolny Cathedral Restored to Church, a Symbol of the City of the Tsars

    04/16/2015 10:32:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | 4/16/15
    Confiscated by the Bolsheviks, first used as a warehouse and more recently a concert hall, the cathedral will be restored to the Orthodox diocese. In 2010 it was reopened for worship.Moscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg, one of the symbols of the city of the Tsars and now owned by the state, will be returned to the Russian Orthodox Church. This was announced April 14 by Nikolai Burov, director of the museum of the four cathedrals which also includes that of Smolny. "The decision has been made: the Smolny Cathedral will be restored to the diocese,"...
  • The Secret Roots of Liberation Theology

    04/23/2015 6:15:39 PM PDT · by rmlew · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | April 23, 2015 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    History often repeats itself, and if you have lived two lives, as I have done, you have a good chance of seeing the reenactment with your own eyes. Liberation theology, of which not much has been heard for two decades, is back in the news. But what is not being mentioned is its origins. It was not invented by Latin American Catholics. It was developed by the KGB. The man who is now the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, secretly worked for the KGB under the code name Mikhailov and spent four decades promoting liberation theology, which...
  • Scenes from Vespers for Great and Holy Friday (Russian Orthodox)

    04/11/2015 5:17:19 AM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-11-2015 | The Russian Orthodox Church
    Scenes from the service of Vespers for Great and Holy Friday.
  • Moscow Opens First Church Dedicated to the Royal Martyrs of Russia (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    03/03/2015 6:32:33 PM PST · by NRx · 42 replies
    Royal Russia ^ | 03 March 2015 | Paul Gilbert
    The construction of a church in honour of Tsar Nicholas II and his family has been completed in Moscow. The ground breaking and initial construction began three years ago, in March of 2012. On March 8, 2013 the Head of the Russian Imperial House, HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna visited the site of the new church during an official visit to Moscow. The grand duchess lit a candle in memory of the Holy Royal Martyrs, and then took the time to speak and have tea with local parishers. The first liturgy was held on July 17, 2014 in a temporary...
  • Tortured in Ukraine: Christians Living a Nightmare

    12/07/2014 3:06:24 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 18 replies
    CBN ^ | 9/19/2014
    EASTERN UKRAINE -- Ukraine's evangelical Christians are bearing the brunt of the country's conflict, often with deadly consequences. It's a scene that has played in Elena Velichko's head over and over. Pro-Russian rebels took over her hometown in early April. Her husband Vladimir told her to take the kids and leave the city. "He took us to the train station and we said goodbye. He said, 'I love you.' He kissed me and kissed the children and left," Elena said. Several days later, her life and that of her eight children, ages 2 to 16, suddenly turned upside down. Surreal...
  • Ukraine Protestants Target of Russian Orthodox 'Jihad'?

    10/01/2014 3:04:12 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    CBN News Online ^ | September 30, 2014 | George Thomas
    SLAVYANSK, Ukraine - Peter Dudnik is convinced that the masked gunmen swallowing up large swaths of eastern Ukraine are a serious threat to evangelical Christians. Dudnik is a senior leader of Good News Church in Slavyansk, Ukraine. In an exclusive interview, Dudnik told CBN News the pro-Russian rebels "didn't treat Christians well because they consider the Orthodox Church far superior than any other church." "They also believe that Protestant Christians are American spies and since America is the enemy, evangelical Christians are also the enemy," he explained. ***Snip*** Not only did the Orthodox priests take over his church for services,...
  • Factory gives fighter jet to head of Russian Orthodox Church

    09/17/2014 12:13:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 17, 2014 | Sep 17, 2014
    A Sukhoi SU-35 fighter aircraft participates in a flying display during the 50th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris, June 23, 2013. CREDIT: REUTERS/PASCAL ROSSIGNOL (Reuters) - Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader this week as he toured a factory in Russia's far-east - a single-seater fighter jet SU-35. Kirill was presented with the jet after giving workers at the civilian and military aircraft plant icons blessed by himself, the church said in a statement on its official website on Tuesday. The patriarch,...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Cancels Lutheran Dialogue Over Gay Rights

    09/15/2014 7:04:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Pravmir ^ | 9/12/14
    The Russian Orthodox Church has cancelled an official doctrinal dialogue with the Finnish Lutheran Church over the Lutheran stance on homosexuality. The Orthodox side wanted to pre-approve a communique before the meeting, but talks broke down over the Finns refusal to condemn homosexuality.Finnish and Russian attitudes to gay rights are poles apart, and thats helping to derail doctrinal dialogues between the two countries largest religions. Archbishop Kari Mkinen says that he was forced to cancel planned ecumenical dialogues when he met the Russia Patriarch Kiril in Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church wanted to agree a statement in advance, as the...
  • Who Is the Man Who Fears We Could Be on the Eve of 'World War III'?

    08/31/2014 7:44:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | August 31, 2014 | Robert Moynihan
    Hardly any Americans will know of Hilarion Alfeyev, 48, a Russian Orthodox bishop who acts as the "foreign minister" of his Church, but it is important that they do. He is a bridge between not just the Orthodox Church and Catholicism but a bridge between Russia and America. As a Catholic American, I first saw him 15 years ago on a cold December day in Moscow. Hilarion, then 33, was already a rising star in the firmament of the Russian Orthodox Church. He had done his graduate studies in philosophy at Oxford rather rare for Russian Orthodox Church leaders....
  • Russian Patriarch Honors Communist Party Leader

    06/28/2014 8:07:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    rferl.org ^ | June 27, 2014
    T he head of the Russian Orthodox Church has awarded Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov with an order for "glory and honor." Patriarch Kirill gave the order to Zyuganov in Moscow on June 27, one day after the longtime communist leader celebrated his 70th birthday. Kirill said Zyuganov -- who in 2010 called for the re-Stalinization of Russia and has called the Soviet Union "the most humane state in human history" -- deserves the award as "one of the most famous Russian politicians who has expressed interest in the welfare of the nation and the protection of traditional moral values."...
  • Putin Attends Easter Services in Moscow

    04/19/2014 7:25:59 PM PDT · by No One Special · 25 replies
    Youtube ^ | April 20, 2014 | Youtube
    Along with Medvedev and his wife.
  • Orthodox Corruption?

    04/18/2014 5:59:50 PM PDT · by No One Special · 26 replies
    Vimeo Video ^ | February 6, 2013 | Simon Ostrovsky
    Russia's Orthodox Church has experienced a resurgence under President Vladimir Putin, but have the state's finances and Russia's dominant religion become too closely intertwined? Simon Ostrovsky reports for People & Power on Al Jazeera English. (Feb 6, 2013)
  • Could this be the son of God?

    09/01/2003 11:57:42 PM PDT · by miltonim · 72 replies · 210+ views
    TELEGRAPH.CO.UK ^ | (Filed: 01/09/2003) | Telegraph Group Limited
    The man they call Jesus of Siberia came to Britain looking for disciples to follow him up a mountainside. Candida Crewe was intrigued A 41-year-old man dressed in a coarse, red velvet robe with scratchy gold braid takes his seat on a fine purple banquette in the Groucho Club. He wears thick socks under his sandals and carefully combs his long flowing hair before sitting down. He smiles beatifically and speaks very slowly and quietly, in Russian. Even by the Groucho's standards, he looks unusual. Asked how he would like to be addressed, he insists, calmly, that he doesn't mind....
  • Ukrainian Crisis May Split Russian Orthodox Church

    03/18/2014 8:37:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 3/14/14 | Sophia Kishkovsky
    MOSCOW (RNS) As Russian troops massed on Ukraines border and a controversial secession vote in Crimea approaches Sunday (March 16), Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church called for prayers that brothers of one faith and one blood never bring destruction to one another. Russia has prided itself on its revival of Orthodox Christianity after decades of Soviet persecution, but a war with the Ukraine could splinter the Russian Orthodox Church. That church has its roots in Kiev, where Prince Vladimir baptized his people as Christians in 988, an event viewed as a cornerstone of Russian and Ukrainian identity. It...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Warns Society on Same-Sex Marriage Danger, Survival of Humankind

    02/09/2014 5:52:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned society on the dangers of the "international campaign" behind same-sex marriage, and insisted that the traditional family structure is needed for the survival of humankind. "Preservation of marriage as a union between a man and a woman based on love and mutual understanding and birth of beloved children are a precondition for survival of humankind," Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill said in a statement on Tuesday following a meeting at the upper house of the Russian parliament, ITAR-TASS News Agency said of reports in the world's largest country. Kirill...
  • FIRST-PERSON: Russian Bear awakening to morality

    02/08/2014 11:05:26 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 2-7-14 | Kelly Boggs
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- God once used a donkey to alert a wayward prophet that he was on the wrong track. Could it be the Lord is using a bear, a Russian Bear, to do the same with the nations of the West, in particular the United States? "Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values," Russian President Valdimir Putin said in his state of the nation address in mid-December, The Washington Times reported. Putin continued, "Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Slammed For Stalin Calendar

    01/09/2014 8:49:27 AM PST · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 01/08/2014 | Claire Bigg
    A calendar published by the Russian Orthodox Church in honor of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin has sparked indignation from bloggers. The 2014 calendar is advertised "an excellent gift for veterans and history buffs." The Russian Orthodox Church is under fire for publishing a calendar devoted to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Pictures from the 2014 calendar have been making the rounds on the Internet, sparking a barrage of criticism and prompting a lively discussion on the Moscow Patriarchate's troubled ties with Stalin. The calendar, published by the printing house of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius Monastery in Moscow, presents photos...
  • Moscow Patriarchate: Russia Must do More to Combat Radical Islam

    12/31/2013 12:36:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Amid recent terrorist attacks in Volgograd, a city of one million in southern Russia, a leading Russian Orthodox Church official has called upon the nation to do more to combat radical Islam. The Reuters news agency reported that militants are seeking to establish an Islamist state near Volgograd. If the circulation of Nazi ideological clichs has been strictly limited or banned in certain cases, why not apply the same scheme to the radical interpretation of Islam rejected by most Muslims themselves? said Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations, according to an Interfax...
  • Vatican Believes ROC Should Recognize Own Guilt in Addition to Accusing Greek Catholics in Ukraine

    12/19/2013 7:13:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    RISU ^ | 12/18/13
    The conflict between Greek Catholics and Orthodox in Western Ukraine has to be resolved from both sides, said Cardinal Kurt Koch, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Only by recognizing this can we move together into the future, he said December 17, responding to journalists' questions at a press conference in Moscow. A correspondent from Blahovest-info asked about the cardinals attitude toward the issue, which, the Russian Orthodox Church believes, complicates the preparation of a possible meeting between the Moscow Patriarch and the Pope. The journalist quoted statements recently made by Metropolitan Hilarions at a Russian-Polish conference:...
  • Flurry of Vatican-Russian Orthodox Talks Precede Putin Visit to Pope Francis

    11/12/2013 7:01:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/12/13 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis has met with the foreign minister of the Russian Orthodox Church ahead of a Nov. 25 visit to the Vatican by President Vladimir Putin. The Vatican released no details of Tuesdays meeting with Metropolitan Hilarion, in Rome for a Catholic-Orthodox conference on family values. Simultaneously in Moscow, a top Italian cardinal involved in Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, Cardinal Angelo Scola, met with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill.
  • Pussy Riot convict 'transferred to Siberia'

    11/05/2013 5:26:58 AM PST · by don-o · 50 replies
    France 24 ^ | November 5, 2013
    AFP - Jailed Pussy Riot band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is on her way to a new penal colony in Siberia, her husband said Tuesday, following fears after two weeks without information about her whereabouts. Tolokonnikova, 23, who alleged major prison abuses in her previous colony in central Russia, is on her way to a new prison colony deep in the Krasnoyarsk region, her husband Pyotr Verzilov wrote on Twitter, saying the information comes from a reliable source. The penal colony number 50 in the town of Nizhny Ingash lies about 300 kilometres (185 miles) from the regional centre Krasnoyarsk, four...
  • Vladimir Putin Speaks Like a Christian

    09/27/2013 6:17:17 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 28 replies
    catholicism.org ^ | September 25, 2013 | Brother Andr Marie
    Vladimir Putin Speaks Like a ChristianPosted By Brother Andr Marie On September 25, 2013 @ 11:30 am In Columns,Marriage and Family,Politics and Society | 1 Comment Read the comments below by Vladimir Putin, who is constantly berated by Western glitterati (e.g., Madonna, Lady Gaga, Sir Elton John) for his stance on unnatural relations. The man speaks like a Christian, nay, like a Catholic (he is a self-professed Russian Orthodox Christian). Imagine an American politician in high office speaking in such a way.On the other hand, some there are who think that the consecration of Russia requested by Our Lady of...
  • Granting asylum to Snowden to show Russia guards ideals of freedom - Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin

    07/31/2013 1:33:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    interfax-religion.com ^ | July 31, 2013
    Moscow, July 31, Interfax - Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for Church and Society Relations, said he welcomed Russia's stance regarding granting asylum to former CIA employee Edward Snowden. "It is pleasant that Russia shows independence in this case, as well as in many others, regardless of serious pressure," the priest told the Interfax-Religion correspondent. The situation with Snowden is a landmark and is very widely discussed in Russia and in the world, and "Russia's image as a country supporting true ideals of freedom depends on how Russia will act in this situation," Father Vsevolod said....
  • Russian Orthodox Church Synod Proposes to Mark Rus Christianization Anniversaries as State Holiday

    07/29/2013 5:47:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/27/13
    Kiev, July 27, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church Synod has called on the authorities of Kievan Rus countries to mark anniversaries of Kievan Rus' Christianization as state holidays or even make them days off. "Bearing in mind the exclusive importance of Kievan Rus' Christianization for the history of countries within the area of canonical responsibility of the Russian Orthodox Church, to appeal to the administrations of the countries, which have not made this decision, for making anniversaries of Kievan Rus' Christianization state holidays and, wherever that is possible, days off," says a resolution of the Synod, which convened in...
  • Christianity Made Russia Great World Power Putin

    07/26/2013 1:26:37 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 54 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 07/25/2013 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, July 25 (RIA Novosti) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised the role of Orthodox Christianity in the countrys history and congratulated the heads of the worlds Orthodox churches on the 1025th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus, a medieval state comprising parts of modern-day Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. The adoption of Christianity became a turning point in the fate of our fatherland, made it an inseparable part of the Christian civilization and helped it turn into one of the largest world powers, Putin said in a message addressed to participants of a commemorative celebration on Red...
  • The Cross of St Andrew the Apostle in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior [Moscow]

    07/22/2013 7:42:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 7/23/13
    The cross of the crucifixion of St. Andrew the Apostle will be displayed until July 25 in Moscows Christ the Savior Cathedral, where the cross has been brought by the St. Andrew the Apostle Fund.The X-shaped cross, which is usually kept in Greece, is almost three meters high and 1.2 meters wide. It weights 160 kilograms.A line of Orthodox Christians waiting to see the Cross of St Andrew the Apostle.Since the weather in Moscow has cooled, those who go to see the cross are advised to put on warm clothes and take drinking water with them The cross on which...
  • Russian Orthodox Leader Condemns Gay Marriages, Warns of Apocalypse

    MOSCOW, July 21 (RIA Novosti) Head of the Russian Orthodox Church warned Western governments on Sunday against legalization of same-sex marriages what he called a sign of approaching end of the world. Patriarch Kirill said during a service at Moscows major cathedral that the recent initiatives in a range of countries to legalize same-sex marriages is a dangerous and apocalyptic symptom that should not spread over to Russia, according to Russian media reports. While those who fight the laws imposed by the minority are subject to repressions, Kirill, who leads the Church known for its conservative views, was quoted...
  • Russia passes anti-gay-law

    Vladimir Putin's government wants to promote 'traditional Russian values' over what it sees as western liberalism and tolerance. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/AP Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, has signed into law a measure that stigmatises gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality. The lower house of Russia's parliament unanimously passed the Kremlin-backed bill on 11 June and the upper house approved it last week. The Kremlin announced on Sunday that Putin had signed the legislation into law. The ban on "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" is part of an effort to promote traditional Russian values over western liberalism, which...
  • Russia Threatens the West

    04/21/2013 7:29:47 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 12 replies
    The new and improved Pravda ^ | April 22, 2013 | Xavier Lerma
    Putin said last Friday, "The Russian Orthodox Church together with the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad are on a very special mission in Russia and across the world." A "special mission" in the West means KGB, nuclear strikes or Cold War. In reality, last February 1st, Putin met with the Church in this video to say:(Link to Video at this point) It 's certain as the sun rises that Friday's meeting between Russian Christians leaders and Putin will be ignored by the Western media. Putin has real world power, which causes the liberal media to fearfully ignore or warp his image....
  • Russian Orthodox Church backs Vladimir Putin's ban on Americans adopting Russian children

    12/30/2012 12:46:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/30/2012 | Miriam Elder
    The Russian Orthodox church has been attacked for supporting a new law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, at the end of a year that saw it plagued by scandal and accusations of collusion with an increasingly authoritarian Kremlin. Father Vsevolod Chaplin, a high-ranking priest and a spokesman for the church, said the law was "a search for a social answer to an elementary question: why should we give, and even sell, our children abroad?" Speaking to Interfax, a state news agency, last week, Chaplin said the path to heaven would be closed to children adopted by foreigners. "They won't...
  • In the name of the Name: Monks who were suppressed by the Tsars navy

    12/24/2012 9:04:31 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    The Economist ^ | December 22, 2012 | Unattributed
    A century ago next year, one of the most extraordinary events in the modern history of Christianity took place there. In the summer of 1913 the Aegean was penetrated not by pleasure-craft, but by the navy of the Russian tsar. A gunboat and later two transporters, complete with a party of marines, sailed up to a giant monastic house. A Russian archbishop tried negotiating with a bitterly divided community. When that failed, the troops opened up with a water-cannon, directed at the cells of monks on the losing side in a theological argument. For six years the Russian monks of...
  • Russian Solidarity for French Church

    12/10/2012 3:22:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Russia's Orthodox Church has pledged "solidarity and support" for the Catholic Church in France in its campaign against a bill to allow same-sex marriage by the Socialist Government of President Francois Hollande. In a letter, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the Moscow Patriarchate's external relations director, praised Cardinal Andr Vingt-Trois, president of France's bishops' conference, for his "consistent and uncompromising" opposition to same-sex marriage which represented "the truly Christian view" on the issue. He told the cardinal the Moscow Patriarchate was ready to work with French bishops "to protect the Gospel's ethical values". The Russian prelate added: "It is gratifying that...
  • Russia: The Orthodox Spring

    10/27/2012 9:47:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Journey to Orthodoxy ^ | 10/17/12 | Alessio Schiesari
    88% of the population professes to believe in God, while the number of agnostics and atheists is constantly dropping: a study examines religions comeback in former kingdom of State atheism.The long slog is over. The exile of the Orthodox Church from Russian society began in 17 with the October Revolution and the birth of gosateizm, or State atheism. Ninety five years on, the Patriarchate in Moscow is reliving its youth all over again. A recent survey carried out by the Levada Centre has captured the religious sentiment within the Federation: 79% of Russians profess themselves to be Orthodox, 6% Muslim...
  • Russias War on Halloween

    10/27/2012 4:32:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 61 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/26/12 | Kirit Radia
    MOSCOW While many in the U.S. bemoan what they see as a war on Christmas, in Russia a very different holiday is under attack: Halloween. Here some dont see it as the holiday of tricks and treats, but as a sinister celebration that endangers children. The latest salvo came from a group of Russian Orthodox Church leaders and a group of Cossacks, who are spearheading an effort to cancel Halloween celebrations in the region of Stavropol Krai, in southern Russia. A nearby region, Krasnodar Krai, recently prohibited celebrating the holiday in schools. But why are the church and the...
  • Seventy-Five Years After Stalin's Great "Operation Kulak" Reign of Terror

    08/05/2012 3:06:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | August 5, 2012 | Bruce Walker
    Seventy-five years ago, on August 5, 1937, one of the most horrific and most ignored episodes in human history began. Operation Kulak ("kulak" meaning rich peasants) was the Soviet Unions effort to repress those farmers who had a little more than other farmers (according, at least, to the definitions of the Communist Party), and who resisted collectivization. Soviet dictator Josef Stalin (pictured) had begun the development of Operation Kulak the previous month, when he contacted all the regional Party leaders as well as the NKVD (roughly the Soviet equivalent of the Gestapo and SS in Nazi Germany), asking...
  • 65,000 gather in Moscow 'to pray for Church & defend faith' (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

    Tens of thousands of Orthodox Christians have joined a service outside Moscows main church, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, in defense of their faith, sacred objects and the Church itself, following recent numerous attacks on Christian relics. The Sunday service has gathered around 65 thousand worshippers, according to official police data. It comes in response to what the church says is a series disrespectful acts against Orthodoxy and religious faith over the past few months. Sacred Orthodox objects attacked this spring were specially brought to the Cathedral for one day. Among the relics is a 3.5-metre-tall crucifix cut by...
  • Abbas Awarded Russian Orthodox Prize

    01/21/2012 1:41:24 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    wafa.ps ^ | January 21, 2012
    MOSCOW, January 21, 2012 (WAFA) Russian Patriarch Kirill Saturday awarded President Mahmoud Abbas the Orthodox Peoples Unity Foundation prize, also known as Patriarch Alexis II prize. Abbas thanked Kirill for the prize, which he said is a proof of the close ties between Palestine and the people of Russia. For me, this prize is a motivation to continue on the path to spread the culture of peace and dialogue between religions and civilizations instead of the culture of hate and violence, and to support tolerance and accept the other instead of bigotry and denial of the other, he said....
  • Church Official Calls for All-Russian Dress Code(No mini-skirts says Russian Orthodox priest)

    01/18/2011 12:32:52 PM PST · by Cronos · 53 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 18-Jan-2011 | ELLEN BARRY
    A top official for the Russian Orthodox Church on Tuesday proposed creating an all-Russian dress code, lashing out at women who leave the house painted like a clown and confuse the street with striptease...... He argued that clothing is not a private business, and that he hoped that Russia would soon be a place where scantily-dressed women or men in track suits would not be admitted into public venues.
  • Moscow Patriarchate freezes ecumenical journey: pope never commanded in the East

    09/29/2010 4:33:38 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    asianews.it ^ | 09/28/2010
    Moscow (AsiaNews) The Moscow Patriarchate has poured cold water on progress in the ecumenical journey that emerged from the recent meeting in Vienna of the Joint Commission between Catholics and Orthodox (see photo). In a statement published on the Patriarchate website Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of the Department for External Relations says that " no breakthrough has been made," on the theme of the meeting, that of the role of the bishop of Rome in the first millennium, and moreover challenges the very foundation of the meeting, denying that the pope ever had jurisdiction over the Eastern Churches. The two...
  • Russian Orthodox patriarch praises Pope, rips Protestant compromises with secularism

    07/21/2010 2:33:45 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 29 replies
    News Russian Orthodox patriarch praises Pope, rips Protestant compromises with secularism July 21, 2010 Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, praised Pope Benedict and blasted Protestant bodies that have accepted womens ordination and caved in to the secular culture on homosexuality. Noting that the Pope is criticized by liberal theologians and liberal mass media in the West, Patriarch Kirill said that on many public and moral issues his approach fully coincides with the approach of the Russian Orthodox Church. This gives us an opportunity to advocate Christian values together with the Catholic...
  • French secret service fear Russian cathedral a spying front

    05/28/2010 11:06:27 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 356+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | May 28, 2010 | Henry Samuel
    The French secret service has reportedly expressed alarm over plans for a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Paris, fearing it will be used by Moscow as a front for spies. The go-ahead for the onion-domed cathedral the first to be built in the French capital in more than a century by the Eiffel Tower was considered a brilliant diplomatic coup in Russia as at least two other countries were vying for the prized property by the Seine. But it sparked deep reservations at the Quai d'Orsay, France's foreign ministry, and the DCRI, its MI6, because the building is a...