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  • Welcome or Not, Orthodoxy Is Back in Russia’s Public Schools

    09/22/2007 1:53:31 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 20 replies · 426+ views
    New York Times ^ | 23 September 2007 | Clifford J. Levy
    Nearly two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the return of religion to public life, localities in Russia are increasingly decreeing that to receive a proper public school education, children should be steeped in the ways of the Russian Orthodox Church, including its traditions, liturgy and historic figures. The lessons are typically introduced at the urging of church leaders, who say that the enforced atheism of Communism left Russians out of touch with a faith that was once at the core of their identity. The new curriculum reflects the nation’s continuing struggle to define what it means...
  • Russia's Cossacks rise again

    08/12/2007 2:29:07 PM PDT · by Main Street · 14 replies · 817+ views
    BBC ^ | 9 August 2007 | BBC
    In the first of a series from southern Russia, the BBC's Steven Eke reports on the Cossacks, who have emerged as an influential political group in the region, strongly supportive of Vladimir Putin and his idea of Russia's "greatness". Village leaders like "Ataman" Viktor Vasilyevich are greatly respected The Cossacks play an increasingly important role in Russia. Their disciplined way of life, patriotism, large families and commitment to work, are seen by many politicians as a model that could help resolve many of Russia's problems. For this, they receive support from the very top. The village of Varennikovskoye is home...
  • Russian patriarch, Pope seek meeting - Cardinal

    08/07/2007 5:54:52 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies · 299+ views
    MOSCOW, August 7 (RIA Novosti) - Relations between the Orthodox and Catholic churches are improving, Russia's Patriarch and Pope Benedict XVI are considering meeting, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray said Tuesday following a meeting with the Russian spiritual leader. The Cardinal, 84, who headed the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace from 1984 to 1998, and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II, 78, met to discuss cooperation between European churches. The Cardinal Bishop said relations between the two churches were improving, which was demonstrated by a number of impressive initiatives that had taken place over the past year, including an...
  • Orthodox patriots clean Moscow River after gay cruise

    06/30/2007 6:41:52 AM PDT · by Webby_surfer · 9 replies · 841+ views
    Russia-ic ^ | 26.06.2007 | Natalya L.
    24 June, Moscow. The day after the 2nd gay cruise in Moscow, nearly 200 members of Russian Orthodox-patriotic organizations went on a ceremonial motor ship trip along the Moscow River to "clean the river of filth" with a slogan “We are Russians – God with us. Read the FULL story: Orthodox patriots clean Moscow River after gay cruise
  • Orthodox religion now mandatory in school classroom

    09/02/2006 4:32:40 PM PDT · by Valin · 38 replies · 768+ views
    Asia News.It ^ | 8/31/06
    A mandatory course in the basics of Orthodox culture is set to start in four provinces of the Russian Federation. For Patriarch Aleksij II, “pupils should know the history of their culture”. Last year, a similar proposal by the Moscow Patriarchate had led to tensions with the Catholic Church in Russia. ---------------------------------- Moscow (AsiaNews) – The teaching of the Orthodox religion has now become mandatory in the high schools of four provinces of what once was the atheist Soviet state. In July Moscow’s Spiritual Academy approved “Basics of Orthodox Culture”, a course soon to be taught in the provinces of...
  • Religion enters Russian schools

    08/31/2006 4:44:14 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 40 replies · 659+ views
    BBC News ^ | 8/31/06
    The Orthodox Christian religion is being made a compulsory school subject in four of Russia's regions. Pupils in the Belgorod, Bryansk, Kaluga and Smolensk regions will be taught the basics of Orthodox Christianity. It will also be included as an optional subject in the school curriculum in 11 other regions across the country. Supporters say the move will help protect traditional spiritual values in Russia. Critics say it violates the constitution of the secular state. In the Soviet Union the teaching of religion was strictly outlawed in schools and elsewhere. Orthodox Christianity is Russia's main religion, but the country's Muslim...
  • Fire in Troitsky Cathedral (St. Petersburg)

    08/27/2006 11:59:37 AM PDT · by eleni121 · 18 replies · 886+ views
    Regnum news ^ | August 27, 2006 | Regnum News
    Fire in Troitsky cathedral in St. Petersburg is localized at about 08:00 p.m. Moscow time, a REGNUM correspondent is told by a spokesman for Russia’s Emergency Ministry in St. Petersburg. Fire brigades have continued working on the site. The big and small cathedral domes have fallen down, the second small dome is partially destroyed by the fire, the REGNUM correspondent is informed at St. Petersburg emergency ministry press office.
  • Russia Plans to Build Church in Memory of Aborted Children

    08/24/2006 2:31:53 PM PDT · by Korvac · 5 replies · 385+ views
    The Universe ^ | August 24, 2006 | The Universe
    Russia Plans to Build Church in Memory of Aborted Children Posted on August 24, 2006 By The Universe: An Orthodox church is being built in Iurga, in southern Siberia, which will celebrate Divine Liturgies regularly for aborted children. Vatican Radio recently reported on the initiative, which was thought up by the local parish priest who recalled that the relics of the children murdered by Herod 2,000 years ago were purportedly taken from Jerusalem to Iurga. The new church, which is expected to be completed next summer, will be consecrated in their memory. The Russian government itself has recenyly expressed the...
  • Another Brick In The Wall [ECUSA & Russian Orthodox]

    08/23/2006 5:48:37 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 17 replies · 472+ views
    Midwest Conservative Journal ^ | 8/23/2006 | Christopher Johnson
    ECUSA gets another nail in its "historic" coffin as the Anglican Communion Network picks up some important support: Dear Brother in Christ, We have learnt from the mass media that you have decided to refrain from recognizing the Presiding Bishop Elect of the Episcopal Church in the USA, Ms. Cathrine Jefferts-Shori. It follows from the released letter you signed that this step was motivated by your refusal to accept the election of a woman to the post of the head of a Church as a gross violation of the old church Tradition. I would like to assure you that I...
  • Russian Orthodox Church to Open in Pyongyang

    08/09/2006 1:40:31 PM PDT · by lizol · 12 replies · 316+ views
    Russian Orthodox Church to Open in Pyongyang A Russian Orthodox Church will open its doors in Pyongyang this Sunday, said officials with the Russian embassy in North Korea. An official said on condition of anonymity, "There are plans to invite North Korean citizens, foreigners working at the various consular establishments, and workers with international organizations." The Russian embassy said, "The church has no nationality, anyone who is a believer in the Russian Orthodox faith is welcome." A European diplomat said, "The church will be used to illustrate North Korea's insistence that there is absolutely no problem with religion in the...
  • The Recuperation of Russia (Reflections on 1917 Russian Revolution & Orthodoxy)

    06/29/2006 12:58:54 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 9 replies · 374+ views ^ | 1918 | N. A. BERDYAEV
    Russia is grievously sick. This sickness has as its material symptoms the disintegration of our state and social organism. But at its core -- this is a spiritual, and not physical sickness. The visibly material roots of the societal life of the people lie are hidden in the invisible depths. These depths always involve the spiritual life. Russia cannot be healed by material means alone. Not only the body, but also the soul is sick. Russia's restoration to health presupposes first of all the healing of the spiritual foundations of life for the Russian people and the guiding circles of...
  • New Martyrs of the East and Coming Trials in the West

    05/20/2006 6:36:41 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 8 replies · 1,502+ views
    The Chronicles Magazine ^ | Friday, May 19, 2006 | Srdja Trifkovic
    Persecution and martyrdom of Christians under 20th century totalitarianism - mainly of Russian Orthodox Christians under Bolshevism - is by far the greatest crime in all of recorded history. It is several times greater than the Holocaust in terms of innocent lives brutally destroyed. It has killed more Christians in a few decades than all other causes put together in all ages, with Islam a distant second as the cause of their death and suffering. And yet it still remains a largely unknown, often minimized, or scandalously glossed over crime. According to the respected and reliable OUP World Christian...
  • Division in Russian Orthodox Church senseless - patriarch

    04/17/2006 10:27:29 AM PDT · by x5452 · 13 replies · 394+ views
    Interfax Religion ^ | 17 April 2006, 14:58
    17 April 2006, 14:58 Division in Russian Orthodox Church senseless - patriarch Moscow, April 17, Interfax - Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II said on Monday that he prays for the unity of the Russian Orthodox Church inside and outside Russia in every service he ministers. "Today there are no reasons for schism between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian people who found themselves abroad during the Revolution. It is our duty to resolve problems that remain in our relations," he said. Many Russian emigrants have died and the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia "is losing its Russian...
  • Russian Orthodox Patriarch questions universality of human rights

    04/10/2006 2:23:50 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 36 replies · 408+ views
    Analysis. Folks, this is an excerpt from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty article, entitled Russia: The Orthodox Church And The Kremlin's New Mission, followed by an analysis by yours truly:…In UN documents, human rights are natural and inalienable rights of every person from birth. But the Russian Orthodox Church contends that human rights are granted by God or by state and therefore are not inalienable. Metropolitan Kirill, the author of the Russian Orthodox Church's human rights declaration, said that Russian clerics reject the concept of "moral autonomy" and do not consider the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by...
  • Pope Urged to Ax 'Vicar of Jesus' Title

    04/05/2006 9:49:12 PM PDT · by Cato1 · 102 replies · 1,066+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | April 2005 | By Tom Heneghan
    Pope Urged to Ax 'Vicar of Jesus' Title By Tom Heneghan Reuters PARIS -- Pope Benedict XIV, who has dropped his title "Patriarch of the West" to boost ties with Orthodox Christians, should scrap more terms tagged to his name if he wants real progress, a senior Russian Orthodox bishop said. Papal titles such as "Vicar of Jesus Christ" or "Sovereign Pontiff of the Universal Church" were "unacceptable, even scandalous" for the Orthodox, Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev said in a statement published this week on his web site. "Only renouncing titles stressing the universal jurisdiction of the pope, and the ecclesiological...
  • Russian Orthodox church to be built in Rome crowned with a cupola and a cross

    04/03/2006 8:45:19 AM PDT · by x5452 · 33 replies · 646+ views
    Interfax Religion ^ | 1 March 2006, 16:38
    1 March 2006, 16:38 The first Russian Orthodox church to be built in Rome crowned with a cupola and a cross Rome, March 31, Interfax - The cross and cupola of the Russian Orthodox church under construction in Rome have been consecrated and elevated on Friday in the Italian capital city. The church is dedicated to the Holy Protomartyr Catherine. The solemn ceremony was led by Bishop Mark of Yegoryevsk, vice-chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations. Present at the ceremony was Russian Ambassador to Italy Aleksey Meshkov. Addressing the congregation, the bishop described the event as...
  • Church looks to clean house

    04/02/2006 1:25:30 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 191+ views ^ | 03.18.06 | JOHN CHADWICK
    The Orthodox Church in America, facing an escalating financial scandal, has ousted its longtime chancellor and launched an investigation into how church officials spent millions of dollars in charitable donations. The shakeup comes two months after a watchdog group instigated a rebellion in the venerable denomination. The group, Orthodox Christians for Accountability, accused top clerics of spending church funds for a range of improper purposes, including personal credit card debt and paying blackmail. "This is a tragedy for the church," said Mark Stokoe, an Ohio resident who runs the group's Web site. "But that being said, it's a good thing...
  • Orthodox Church called to account for large grants

    02/22/2006 3:42:42 PM PST · by Coleus · 13 replies · 404+ views ^ | 02.20.06 | JOHN CHADWICK
    The Orthodox Church, with its black-robed prelates, sacred icons and grand churches, isn't a place to challenge authority.Nevertheless, some of its members are waging a very unorthodox battle against top clerics. A group called Orthodox Christians for Accountability has posted a sheaf of internal church documents and memos on the Internet, accusing the Long Island-based Orthodox Church in America of engaging in a series of questionable financial practices for more than a decade.The documents show, among other things, that church leaders in the 1990s refused to answer questions from their subordinates and from their accountant about a church fund controlled...
  • Americans Marry Russian Women. What For?

    04/30/2003 3:51:12 AM PDT · by WaterDragon · 285 replies · 8,262+ views
    Pravda ^ | April 29, 2003 | Olga Blagodarova
    American men use Russian women for self-affirmation. The latter seem to be liking this fact Marriages between Russian women and American men are very successful and harmonious, Olga Makhovskaya, the senior research assistant at the Psychology Institute in Russia's Academy of Sciences says. When an American man switches from the model of American family where husband and wife are partners equal in rights to the model of an Orthodox family, he thus raises his own significance. In Orthodox families men are given more authority and are more respected. It is certainly an advantage for a man and raises his social...
  • “Bishop” Arafat: The PLO’s Alliance with the Moscow Church

    03/26/2006 6:21:54 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 564+ views
    AttacReport ^ | March 12, 2006
    “Bishop” Arafat The PLO’s Alliance with the Moscow Church Any observer who believed the Soviet Union to be “dead,” the Moscow Church to be Christian, and the PLO to be Muslim faced a rude awakening when all three recently joined forces to battle anti-Communists. From the beginning, Communist repression and control of the Orthodox Church inside Russia left too many loose ends. During the 1920s, the legitimate church leadership fled the country and maintained continuity as the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (ROCA), also known as the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), remaining an ever-present public challenge to the Moscow...