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  • 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 that’s helping to derail doctrinal dialogues between the two countries’ largest religions. Archbishop Kari Mäkinen 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 Ukraine’s 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 clichés 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 cardinal’s 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 Hilarion’s 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 Tuesday’s 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 · 27 replies
    catholicism.org ^ | September 25, 2013 | Brother André Marie
    Vladimir Putin Speaks Like a ChristianPosted By Brother André 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 country’s history and congratulated the heads of the world’s 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 Moscow’s 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 Moscow’s 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 Tsar’s 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 André 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 religion’s 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...
  • Russia’s 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 don’t 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 Union’s 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 Moscow’s 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 People’s 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 women’s 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...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Leaders Defend Marriage

    02/05/2010 8:56:09 AM PST · by ezfindit · 5 replies · 201+ views
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 2/5/2010
    Russian Orthodox Church leaders called on Christians on Thursday to be firm in defending traditional marriage and lamented the family crisis in the country. According to some estimates, over half of the marriages in Russia end in divorce. Women in the 140-million-strong country undergo some 1.5 million abortions annually.“We, Christians of different denominations, should profess the inviolability of the evangelic norms on the holy matrimony between man and woman,” Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said in a welcome message to participants of an inter-Christian forum for former Soviet republics held in Moscow.
  • Patriarch Kirill backs independent Palestinian state

    01/27/2010 1:00:07 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 194+ views
    interfax-religion.com ^ | January 27, 2010
    Moscow, January 27, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia stated on Wednesday that an independent Palestinian state would be "one of the guarantors of peace" in the Middle East. "The Palestinian people are actively moving along the path of creating their own statehood. We believe that the Palestinian state will be one of the guarantors of peace in that region," Patriarch Kirill said at a meeting at his Moscow residence with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The Russian Orthodox Church "has always consistently stood for peace and stability in the Middle East," the Patriarch said. It is essential...
  • Is Russia more Christian than the United States? Medvedev might just say Yes!

    01/15/2010 8:11:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies · 1,261+ views
    Ministry Values ^ | 1/15/10 | Stephen K. Ryan
    Is Russian leadership more Christian than the United States? Is the Russian Government more Christian than George Bush ever hoped the United States to be? The answer is yes, and not only is it true, but thanks to born again Christians, Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin, Christian influence in matters of State is rapidly on the rise. Let's look at the facts.A couple of weeks ago Barack Obama skipped Church on Christmas Day while the President of Russia, Dimitry Medvedev, on January 6, 2010, attended mid-night mass services celebrating the Russian Orthodox Christmas in grand splendor in the traditional Vigil...
  • Islamists claim killing of Russian priest

    12/26/2009 5:05:47 AM PST · by lizol · 13 replies · 841+ views
    AFP via Google ^ | 26.12.2009
    Islamists claim killing of Russian priest (AFP) – 7 hours ago MOSCOW — An Islamist militant group based in Russia's North Caucases has claimed the killing last month of an Orthodox priest who was an outspoken critic of Islam. "One of our brothers who has never been to the Caucases took up the oath of (former independent Chechen president Doku Umarov) and expressed his desire to execute the damned Sysoyev," said a statement on the Kavkazcenter.com website. Daniil Sysoyev, 35, was killed on November 20 when masked gunman walked into Saint Thomas's church in southern Moscow and shot him four...
  • Russian patriarch seeks "powerful reply" to train bomb

    11/30/2009 9:18:19 AM PST · by gitmogrunt · 9 replies · 517+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/30/2009 | Conor Humphries
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – The head of Russia's Orthodox Church Sunday called on authorities to give a "powerful reply" to the people behind a train bombing that killed 25 people, as police probed whether Islamist rebels were involved. A blast derailed a high-speed Russian train Friday night on the main line between Moscow and Russia's second city, St Petersburg, raising fears of a new wave of attacks five years after a bombing campaign in Moscow by Chechen rebels. "We believe the reply will be effective and powerful enough to show these shameful, terrible people that ... when the hand of an...
  • Vatican sees end to tensions with Russian Orthodox

    09/17/2009 3:55:21 PM PDT · by fortunecookie · 4 replies · 487+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 09/17/09 | VICTOR L. SIMPSON
    VATICAN CITY — Relations with the Russian Orthodox church have vastly improved, possibly paving the way for a papal visit to Moscow or a historic meeting between the pope and the Orthodox patriarch outside of Russia or the Vatican, a senior Vatican cardinal said Thursday.
  • Russian Church urges to remember victims who helped achieve independence of South Ossetia

    08/25/2009 9:06:38 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 225 replies · 4,211+ views
    interfax-religion.com ^ | August 25, 2009
    Tskhinvali, August 25, Interfax – The Moscow Patriarchate hopes that independent South Ossetia and Russia will always be close in spirit. “Russian and Ossetian peoples are close in faith, history and traditions that include not only the past, but also the present and the future. They are close in spirit and the power of spirit is much more important for a nation than power of money,” head of the Synodal Church and Society Department Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said yesterday evening at the ceremonial meeting in Tskhinvali dedicated to the first anniversary of South Ossetian independence. The Republic’s President Eduard Kokoity...
  • Russia bans flags with crosses; Dominican included

    08/23/2009 12:09:52 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies · 1,467+ views
    dominicantoday.com ^ | 23 August 2009 | dominicantoday.com
    Moscow.- Russia's Ministry of Justice has adopted a ruling by the Supreme Court that flags with crosses will be considered symbols of extremism, and their display will be banned. The ruling effectively outlaws the flags of Georgia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Dominican Republic and Jamaica, as well as those of 15 states within the Russian Federation.
  • Russian Orthodox Church commemorates St. Seraphim of Sarov

    08/01/2009 12:38:05 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 1 replies · 271+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 01/08/2009
    NIZHNY NOVGOROD, August 1 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Orthodox Church is commemorating St. Seraphim of Sarov, one of Russia's most prominent monks and ascetics who lived in the 18th-19th centuries. Over 15,000 people took part in festive events dedicated to the finding of St. Seraphim's relics, kept in the Holy Trinity St. Seraphim-Diveyevo Convent. The celebrations were held in the village of Diveyevo in the Nizhny Novgorod Region crossed by the Volga River, where the saint lived in the final period of his life. "Father Seraphim unites us all. We see him attract thousands of people, heal their wounds,...
  • Russia to Teach 4 Religions, Not Catholicism

    07/25/2009 3:23:34 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies · 934+ views
    zenit.org ^ | July 24, 2009
    In a move welcomed by the Orthodox Church, Russia is introducing religion classes in its schools, but Catholicism is not one of the four creeds to be taught. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill praised the initiative announced Tuesday by President Dimitri Medvedev, which programs a choice of classes on Russian Orthodoxy, Islam, Buddhism or Judaism, or on a combination of these four creeds, or on secular ethics. Medvedev explained that children under 10 in 12,000 schools of Russia's 18 regions would receive these classes. Patriarch Kirill praised the proposal: "All of the worries that society expressed will be taken care of...
  • Obama meets Russian patriarch

    07/07/2009 11:31:59 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 7 replies · 535+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 07/07/2009
    MOSCOW, July 7 (RIA Novosti) - U.S. President Barack Obama met the head of the Russian Orthodox Church on Tuesday, the second day of his three-day visit to the Russian capital. "Dialogue between our countries' Christians is very important, as the two nations should be friends," Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia told Obama. "Both the American and Russian nations have the same Christian system of values. We are the most religious countries," he said. The Russian patriarch also wished Obama success in his post, saying that many people in Russia linked him with the development of Russian-U.S. relations....
  • Russian president: We want better Vatican ties

    07/05/2009 1:36:39 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 14 replies · 736+ views
    7 hours ago VATICAN CITY (AP) — Russia's president says Moscow plans to improve its ties with the Vatican. Tensions between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches over property disputes and other issues have so far made it impossible for any pope to visit Moscow. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told Italian reporters in an interview ahead of the G-8 summit in Italy this week that relations between his country and the Vatican will "in all likelihood be developed further." He also said the possibility of diplomatic ties is under discussion. He declined to say if Pope Benedict XVI will...
  • Request to the Russian Orthodox Church for a Theological Institution in Indonesia

    07/01/2009 9:39:10 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 1 replies · 243+ views
    pravoslavie.ru ^ | 26 / 06 / 2009 | Simeon Boikov
    Jakarta, Indonesia- Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral) of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) Archbishop of Australia and New Zealand arrived in Indonesia today and served a liturgy in Jakarta were he ordained 2 Indonesians deacons to the Priesthood. During the course of his visit to Indonesia His Eminence will ordain 4 priests and 1 deacon. In the ROCOR mission of Indonesia there are already over 2500 Indonesian Orthodox parishioners. The Dean of the Indonesian Orthodox mission Archimandrite Daniel Byantoro held a press-conference with www.pravoslavie.ru to describe the difficult situation in the rapidly...
  • Russian Church Asks to Have Christianophobia Listed as Form of Discrimination

    04/22/2009 4:22:09 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 7 replies · 436+ views
    LifesiteNews.com ^ | 4/22/09 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    MOSCOW, April 22, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A delegate of the Russian Orthodox Church to the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR), being held in Geneva this week, has asked that Christianophobia be included in international law as a form of discrimination and intolerance. "It is very important to the Russian Orthodox Church to raise the issue of introducing to the list of threats the notion of Christianophobia in addition to anti-Semitism and Islamophobia," deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Georgy Ryabykh told the Interfax news service. Ryabykh pointed out...