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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
    berdyaev.com ^ | 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
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 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
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 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...
  • Patriarch Alexis II: Homosexuality a "Vicious Deviation From God-Given Human Nature"

    03/18/2006 11:02:08 PM PST · by Proctor · 10 replies · 558+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | March 17, 2006 | John-Henry Westen
    Patriarch Alexis II: Homosexuality a "Vicious Deviation From God-Given Human Nature" By John-Henry Westen MOSCOW, March 17, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a letter made public yesterday, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexis II congratulated Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov for his opposition to the 'gay pride' parade in Moscow. In the letter, the Patriarch said, "I was gratified to learn that you and the government of Moscow have approached this problem with civil responsibility not only for the present of our country, but also for its future." The news comes as the Vatican revealed communications between Pope Benedict XVI and the Patriarch, in...
  • Russian Orthodox Church, Hamas to continue interfaith dialog

    03/05/2006 9:56:54 AM PST · by lizol · 13 replies · 315+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 05/ 03/ 2006
    Russian Orthodox Church, Hamas to continue interfaith dialog 16:15 | 05/ 03/ 2006 MOSCOW, March 5 (RIA Novosti, Olga Lipich) - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church and the political leader of the Hamas militant group said Sunday that they intended to continue interfaith cooperation. "We have developed traditionally good relations with the Palestinian leadership. I hope these relations will continue," Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II said at a meeting with a delegation of the Hamas militant movement headed by its political chief Khaled Meshaal. Meshaal said in his turn that this desire was reciprocal. The...
  • Russian Orthodox Church: The idea of human rights should not justify sin

    02/28/2006 7:19:38 AM PST · by x5452 · 176+ views
    Interfax ^ | 28 February 2006
    28 February 2006, 13:56 Russian Orthodox Church: The idea of human rights should not justify sin Moscow, February 28, Interfax - Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, is convinced that the idea of human rights should not come into conflict with religious morality and justify sin. ‘Certain things which cannot be accepted by religious morality have been actively defended in the European community in recent years’, Metropolitan Kirill stated at the Conference on Human Rights and Dignity from the Church and Public Perspective’ taking place on Tuesday in Moscow. He...
  • Moscow Patriarchate sees in gay parades ‘a propaganda of sin’

    02/15/2006 9:56:25 AM PST · by x5452 · 1 replies · 175+ views
    Interfax Religion ^ | 15 February 2006, 17:17
    15 February 2006, 17:17 Moscow Patriarchate sees in gay parades ‘a propaganda of sin’ and strongly protests against conducting them in Moscow Moscow, February 15, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church considers the gay parade planned for May in Moscow to be inadmissible and sees such activities as propaganda of sin. ‘The Church treats those who practice homosexuality as profoundly pitiful if they do not engage others in the sphere of their influence and urges them to repent and abandon their ruinous behavior and sin’, Rev. Mikhail Dudko, Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations for church-society relations, said to...
  • If gay parade takes place in Moscow, about a million of believers will protest

    02/15/2006 10:00:16 AM PST · by x5452 · 3 replies · 272+ views
    Interfax Religion ^ | 15 February 2006, 16:05
    15 February 2006, 16:05 If a gay parade takes place in Moscow, about a million of believers will go out into the streets in protest Moscow, February 15, Interfax - Bishop Sergey Ryakhovsky, leader of the Russian Pentecostals, stated the readiness of the Pentecostals, together with the Russian Orthodox Church, Moslems and Jews, to file an official request for a march in defense of morality if a gay parade takes place in Moscow. ‘In my estimation, together we can summon at least one million people’, he said to Interfax on Wednesday. Speaking about it, the bishop underlined that ‘Russia has...
  • Collection Plates for Communism--The National Council of Churches

    02/22/2005 4:42:56 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies · 1,700+ views
    Frontpagemagazine/discoverthenetwork ^ | 2-22-05 | DiscoverTheNetwork.org
    The National Council of Churches has a long history of supporting Communist causes -- and condemning the United States and Israel. NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES 475 Riverside DriveSuite 880New York, NY 10115 Phone :212-870-2227 URL :http://www.ncccusa.org/     Largest coalition of leftwing religious denominations in the United States Has long record of financial support for Communist regimesRemains faithful ally of Communist Cuba  Reserves criticism on moral issues for Israel and the United States Makes common cause with environmentalist radicals Masks leftist politics in faith-based declarations  Earlier this month, the National Council of Churches condemned Israel – a nation plagued in...
  • Russian Orthodox expedition will ascend the highest mtn in North America

    02/06/2006 6:59:21 AM PST · by x5452 · 2 replies · 117+ views
    Interfax Religion ^ | 06 February 2006, 11:35
    06 February 2006, 11:35 Russian Orthodox youth expedition will ascend the highest mountain in North America Moscow, February 6, Interfax - Boys from a children’s home in Kostroma region led by their father-confessor are planning to ascend the highest peak of Mt. McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America located in Alaska and celebrate divine liturgy there on Pentecost which the Orthodox will celebrate on June 11 this year. Archpriest Andrey Voronin, father confessor of the children’s home in the town of Nerekhta, Kostroma region, told Interfax that they were planning the expedition for the period from May 20 to...
  • Russian Orthodox activist deported from Ukraine

    01/27/2006 7:35:14 AM PST · by x5452 · 4 replies · 213+ views
    Interfax Religion ^ | 27 January 2006, 18:14
    27 January 2006, 18:14 Russian Orthodox activist deported from Ukraine Moscow, January 27, Interfax - Press secretary of the Union of Orthodox Citizens, CIS Countries Institute expert Kirill Frolov has told Interfax that he has been barred from entering Ukraine. Frolov was travelling to the Crimea to lecture, but was presented with a Ukrainian Border Service document at border control saying that he was denied the right to cross the border. He was then put on an Arkhangelsk Airlines plane to Moscow. "I was not given the opportunity to contact the representatives of our institute in the Crimea or the...
  • Alexy II: Russian Orthodox Church doesn't seek official status

    01/26/2006 9:22:06 AM PST · by Godwinson · 2 replies · 185+ views
    interfax-religion.com ^ | 30 December 2005, 21:18 | Interfax
    30 December 2005, 21:18 Alexy II: Russian Orthodox Church doesn't seek official status Moscow, December 30, Interfax - Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia refuted reproaches that the Russian Orthodox church seeks official status. ‘We do not seek it, as we have underdone the pre-revolutionary period, when the Church was official and actually turned into a state department,’ the patriarch said at his meeting with journalists in Moscow on Friday. He underscored that the Church should be separated from the state, as it has to fulfil the tasks of its own. ‘We are firm and consistent in our...
  • Orthodox nations expect Russia to resume leadership in the world

    01/26/2006 8:46:36 AM PST · by Godwinson · 42 replies · 472+ views
    interfax-religion.com ^ | 23 January 2006, 12:00 | Interfax
    23 January 2006, 12:00 Orthodox nations expect Russia to resume leadership in the world Moscow, January 23, Interfax - As the largest Orthodox country Russia should take the lead in the contemporary world, President Elie Salem of the Balamand University in Lebanon, the biggest educational and scholarly Orthodox centre in the Middle East, said. ‘We, Orthodox Christians, expect Moscow, the capital of the largest Orthodox nation in the world, to become the leader’, Salem said at the ceremony in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral. The ceremony was dedicated to the presentation of ‘For outstanding activities for strengthening the unity of...
  • Time is right for Russian Orthodox

    01/21/2006 6:14:44 AM PST · by x5452 · 49 replies · 608+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 1/20/06 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    Time is right for Russian Orthodox By Peggy Fletcher Stack The Salt Lake Tribune Every week, in a nondescript white building behind a tax office in West Valley City, Russian Orthodoxy comes alive. On an ordinary Wednesday morning, the new home of a burgeoning Russian Orthodox Church - about the size of a large living room - was ablaze with candles, smelling of incense and awash in the traditions of the country many left behind. The wooden icon screen compels reverence with its images of Jesus, Mary and the saints. A dozen or so believers stand for the two-hour service,...
  • 2 million ethnic Muslims adopted baptism in Russia, only 2,5 thousand Russians converted to Islam

    01/18/2006 4:43:36 PM PST · by jb6 · 17 replies · 663+ views
    Interfax ^ | 01 November 2005
    Moscow, November 1, Interfax - The number of ethnic Muslims in Russia who adopted Christianity is 2 million, while the number of the Orthodox who have been converted to Islam is only 2,5 thousand, stated Roman Silantyev, executive secretary of the Inter-religious Council in Russia. ‘Christianization happens not so much as a result of some purposeful missionary activity (in which only Protestants are engaged) as under the influence of Russian culture which has express Christian roots’, Silantyev said in a interview published this week by the Itogi weekly. According Silantyev, the converts are predominantly Muslims by birth, while ‘those who...
  • Russia: Authorities Seek To Convert Beslan's Muslims

    01/18/2006 11:00:37 AM PST · by joan · 14 replies · 730+ views
    rferl ^ | September 7, 2005
    In the year since the Beslan tragedy, North Ossetian security officials have sought to close down all independent Muslim organizations there, a campaign that has caused at least some members of historically Islamic nationalities to announce their conversion to Orthodox Christianity. Tartu, 6 September -- Prior to the terrorist attack, 70 percent of the residents of Beslan considered themselves Muslims, according to a report in "Nasha versiya" this week. This report is somewhat anomalous because Ossetians are traditionally Christians and they account for 60 percent of the republic's total population of some 710,000. But now, the number of Muslims in...
  • 2 million ethnic Muslims adopted baptism in Russia

    01/18/2006 1:47:21 PM PST · by joan · 45 replies · 1,165+ views
    Interfax ^ | November 1, 2005
    2 million ethnic Muslims adopted baptism in Russia while only 2,5 thousand Russians converted to Islam – expertMoscow, November 1, Interfax - The number of ethnic Muslims in Russia who adopted Christianity is 2 million, while the number of the Orthodox who have been converted to Islam is only 2,5 thousand, stated Roman Silantyev, executive secretary of the Inter-religious Council in Russia. ‘Christianization happens not so much as a result of some purposeful missionary activity (in which only Protestants are engaged) as under the influence of Russian culture which has express Christian roots’, Silantyev said in a interview published this...
  • Russian Patriarch calls on Protestants to resolve homosexual “marriage” problem

    01/13/2006 1:52:44 PM PST · by NYer · 45 replies · 542+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | January 13, 2005
    Moscow, Jan. 13, 2006 (CNA) - The Patriarch of Moscow, Alexis II, has called on Protestant Churches to solve the issue of homosexual “marriage” by adhering to the values and principles of the Christian faith, instead of being carried away by liberal tendencies.During a meeting between Alexis II and the president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Yukka Paarma, the Patriarch said, “The values that come from the Gospel must be preserved and advanced, and we must not be influenced by the liberal forces of today.”
  • The Kurils are an integral part of Orthodox Russia

    01/09/2006 4:21:56 PM PST · by jb6 · 9 replies · 349+ views
    Interfax ^ | 26 November 2005
    The recent visit of President Vladimir Putin to Japan has again raised the critical problem of possible surrender of the disputed Kuril Islands. The grave economic situation in the islands and the vicinity of a powerful state can create an impression that Japan’s claims are fair. However, most of the Russian citizens including the clergy and laity of the Russian Orthodox Church have spoken clearly for the preservation of the territorial integrity of the state. Bishop Daniel of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and the Kurils expressed the opinion of his parishioners on this matter in an interview to Olga Kiryanova of Interfax-Religion. -...
  • Putin asks young Russians to observe Orthodox Christmas

    01/07/2006 3:38:26 PM PST · by jb6 · 199 replies · 1,719+ views
    Web India ^ | January 07, 2006
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged young Russians to observe the traditional moral values of Orthodox Christmas, which is celebrated in Russia on January 7, according to the old calendar. ''The positive influence of Christmas celebrations on the creative and public activities of Russian citizens is growing from year to year. It is important that the younger generation accepts the traditional moral values,'' Mr Putin said in a message greeting the Orthodox Christians and Russians on the occasion of Orthodox Christmas. He attended a Christmas service in the Transfiguration Cathedral in Yakutsk (Sabha republic), in Siberia yesterday, where he was...
  • Russian church cuts ties with Sweden over gay unions

    12/29/2005 4:31:44 AM PST · by Bushwacker777 · 29 replies · 791+ views
    The Local ^ | Dec. 29 | AFP
    "The Russian Orthodox Church said on Wednesday that it had frozen relations with the Swedish Lutheran Church over its decision to bless gay unions, declaring that homosexuality was a "sin and a vileness". "The benediction of homosexual relationships endorses the approval of a deformation of the image of God in man, a deformation of his nature," the Russian church said in a document published Wednesday on its official website. The Lutheran Church announced in late October it would guarantee same-sex partners the right to religious blessings of their civil unions after an overwhelming vote by the church's assembly. The Russian...
  • Russian Patriarchate suspends relations with Church of Sweden (Homosexual Marriage)

    12/28/2005 8:26:05 AM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 704+ views
    Interfax ^ | 12/27/05 | Interfax
    MOSCOW. Dec 27 (Interfax) - The Moscow Patriarchate has suspended relations with the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Sweden after it decided to establish an official ceremony on blessing homosexual couples. "We have received with great disappointment and grief the news that not only does the Lutheran Church of Sweden not oppose so-called homosexual marriages, but has even ruled to establish an official blessing ceremony," Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church said in a statement at a session in Moscow on Tuesday. The members of the Synod believe that the Church of Sweden's decision contradicts the Biblical concept of family and...
  • Russian Orthodox (ROCOR) church seeks money for expansion

    12/27/2005 4:36:23 AM PST · by x5452 · 30 replies · 957+ views
    Associated Press
    2005.12.25 AP: Posted on Sun, Dec. 25, 2005 Russian Orthodox (ROCOR) church seeks money for expansion Associated Press CINCINNATI - The leader of southwest Ohio's only Russian Orthodox church says his congregation is booming and desperately needs more space. About 200 worshippers attend a holiday service at St. George the Great Martyr, which has an 850-square-foot sanctuary. Membership has nearly doubled this year, Father Paul Bassett said. As is tradition in the Russian Orthodox church, worshippers stand throughout the service. "It's worse than a problem," Bassett said. "It's an urgent problem. We're afraid people aren't coming to church because it's...
  • Christmas anti-Catholic picket called off (by Russian Orthodox)

    12/23/2005 8:18:38 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 289+ views
    Asia News ^ | December 23, 2005 | Victor Khroul
    The deacon who launched the initiative has had a small message posted on his website to call the picket off. Catholics are still worried: “Thousands of people know about the picket, but few are aware it’s been called off”.  Moscow (AsiaNews) – A picket due to be held by Russian Orthodox outside Moscow’s Catholic Cathedral has been cancelled by the organizer following public pressure. The man behind the event, a renowned and influential theologian deacon, Anrej Kuraev, decided to cancel the picket after news of the demonstration was widely reported by Russian and international media. The overall opinion of Russian...
  • December 24 picket planned by ultra-Orthodox in front of the Catholic cathedral of Moscow

    12/21/2005 1:45:02 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies · 751+ views
    Asia News ^ | December 21, 2005 | Victor Khroul
    Moscow (AsiaNews) – Orthodox deacon Andrej Kuraev, a young well-known theologian, has invited the youth branch of an ultranationalist movement to organize, for December 24, a picket “in defence of Russian Christmas” outside the Catholic cathedral of the Mother of God.The proposal was launched through the deacon’s web-site (www.kuraev.ru/forum) and intends to be a “defence of Russian Christmas, in other words the traditions of celebrating Christ’s birth according to the old calendar.”  The Catholic Church, with the Gregorian calendar reform, celebrates Christmas on December 25.  The Russian Orthodox Church, which still follows the Julian calendar, celebrates Christmas on January 7.The...
  • Russia: Orthodox And Catholics -- Heading Towards Reconciliation?

    12/22/2005 12:47:31 PM PST · by lizol · 14 replies · 536+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 22 December 2005 | Claire Bigg
    Russia: Orthodox And Catholics -- Heading Towards Reconciliation? By Claire Bigg While most Russians will mark Orthodox Christmas on 7 January according to the old Julian calendar, Western Christmas is about to be celebrated on 25 December by Russia's 600,000-strong Roman Catholic community. As a result of continued efforts to consolidate its position in Russia, the Roman Catholic Church says it is attracting growing number of believers in the predominantly Orthodox country. Unsurprisingly, this has not failed to rattle the Russian Orthodox Church. And despite the Vatican's recent efforts to reconcile with the Moscow Patriarchate, relations remain chilly. Moscow, 22...
  • Russian Orthodox back Vatican stance on gays

    12/18/2005 12:17:07 PM PST · by lizol · 20 replies · 553+ views
    The Tablet ^ | 17 December 2005 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    Russian Orthodox back Vatican stance on gays. RUSSIA’S ORTHODOX Church has backed the Vatican’s position on homosexuals in seminaries, and accused Protestant denominations of “succumbing to secular values” over the issue. “Homosexuality was called a sin in Holy Scripture – there’s no possibility of any other interpretation,” said Fr Igor Vyzhanov, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Commission for Inter-Christian Dialogue. “There are certain differences in how we handle candidates for priesthood, since celibacy is obligatory for Catholics whereas Orthodox can marry if they don’t aspire to hierarchical posts. But there’s total agreement between both Churches as concerns candidates’ homosexual tendencies.”...
  • Russian Orthodox back Vatican stance on gays

    12/16/2005 8:19:45 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 10 replies · 307+ views
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | December 17, 2005 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    Russian Orthodox back Vatican stance on gays. RUSSIA’S ORTHODOX Church has backed the Vatican’s position on homosexuals in seminaries, and accused Protestant denominations of “succumbing to secular values” over the issue. “Homosexuality was called a sin in Holy Scripture – there’s no possibility of any other interpretation,” said Fr Igor Vyzhanov, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Commission for Inter-Christian Dialogue. “There are certain differences in how we handle candidates for priesthood, since celibacy is obligatory for Catholics whereas Orthodox can marry if they don’t aspire to hierarchical posts. But there’s total agreement between both Churches as concerns candidates’ homosexual tendencies.”...
  • Russia’s Muslims Want Christian Symbols Removed From Coat of Arms

    12/06/2005 8:24:01 AM PST · by laney · 93 replies · 1,715+ views
    Religion News ^ | December 6th, 2005
    A group of top Muslim clerics have demanded that Orthodox Christian symbols be removed from the Russian coat of arms and have complained about the Russian authorities and power-wielding structures allegedly refusing to abide by the principle of secularity, the Interfax news agency reported. “This is not only a question of the Russian coat of arms. We can say that icons are all but put up on the walls of state offices,” Nafigulla Ashirov, chairman of the Spiritual Board of Muslims of Asian Russia, told journalists. He accused units of the Defense and Interior Ministries and the Federal Security Service...
  • Russia's Muslims Want Christian Symbols Removed From Coat of Arms

    12/06/2005 4:30:31 PM PST · by dolphin_CAGE · 13 replies · 470+ views
    CAGE ^ | 12/06/2005 | CAGE News
    A group of top Muslim clerics have demanded that Orthodox Christian symbols be removed from the Russian coat of arms and have complained about the Russian authorities and power-wielding structures allegedly refusing to abide by the principle of secularity, the Interfax news agency reported.
  • Moscow Patriarchate hopes for Orthodox-Catholic cooperation

    11/29/2005 5:23:16 AM PST · by x5452 · 8 replies · 216+ views
    Interfax ^ | 29 November 2005, 11:14
    29 November 2005, 11:14 Moscow Patriarchate hopes for Orthodox-Catholic cooperation in implementing the social doctrines of the two Churches Moscow, November 29, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate hopes for cooperation with the Roman Catholic Church in the sphere of Christian social thought and its implementation. ‘Perhaps the field of the social though is what brings the two Churches most closely together’, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, vice-chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, said in an interview to Interfax. That is why the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches have spoken ‘in one voice’ in such spheres as peacemaking, social...
  • Cardinal to Meet Russian Church Leader

    11/27/2005 6:53:48 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 182+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | November 27, 2005
    A Vatican official left Saturday for Russia to meet with the head of the Russian church, the Vatican said. The trip comes amid attempts by the Holy See to improve relations with Russian Orthodox Christians.Cardinal Renato Martino, who heads the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, was scheduled to meet Tuesday with Patriarch Alexy II and Metropolitan Kyrill, head of the Russian church's foreign relations department, Martino's office said.The visit comes weeks after the Vatican's foreign minister, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, returned from Moscow and said an upgrade in relations was not yet possible. During his visit, Lajolo met with...
  • Patriarch proposes Orthodox basics as optional school course (Christianity in the schools!)

    11/27/2005 12:14:18 AM PST · by jb6 · 14 replies · 395+ views
    Itar-Tass) ^ | 23.11.2005
    MOSCOW, November 23 (Itar-Tass) -- Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia proposed to introduce the basics of Orthodox culture as a new optional subject in Russian schools. “After 70 years of atheism we cannot and do not raise the question of teaching the Scripture in schools,” the patriarch said in a meeting with the clergy in Moscow on Wednesday. At the same time, he believes that the basics of Orthodox culture could be taught in schools as an optional subject if the children and their parents wish so. This subject “is already taught in the Belgorod and Kursk...