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Russian Orthodox Church

The Great Christian Rapprochement, Cuban Style

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 02.07.2016 | World
R. Andrew Chesnut

Pope Francis's dynamic papacy has been one of many firsts, the latest being the monumental meeting in Havana on February 12 with Russian Orthodox patr...

Pope To Hold Historic Meeting With Russian Orthodox Church Leader

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in what could be a historic step...

Russia's Holy Power Play

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

Most people know President Putin but few have heard of Patriarch Kirill. The Russian patriarch, who often has the same objectives as Putin, operates with less attention and in many ways fewer restrictions.

An 'Un-Holy' Endorsement of War: The Latent and Grave Consequences of of The Russian Church

Yehia Ghanem | Posted 01.03.2016 | World
Yehia Ghanem

As grave and heinous as it is, the focal argument of this article is not about the atrocities committed by Moscow as much as it is about the latent, subtle and protracted consequences of the statement of Russia's Orthodox Church at the opening of their military campaign back in late September.

Russian Orthodox Church Pushes For Control Of St. Petersburg's Famous Cathedral

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.02.2015 | Religion

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defended its controversial bid to fully take over St. Petersburg's landmark ...

In Rural Alaska, Orthodox Christmas Melds Yup'ik and Religious Traditions

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Alaska Dispatch News

Under delicate snowflakes crocheted by the town mayor, beneath a grand chandelier imported from Russia, a Yup'ik priest in a remote Southwest Alaska village led parishioners in song, prayer and praise day and night this week for Orthodox Christmas, or Slaviq.

The Eye of Sauron Over Moscow, or, Revenge of the Orcs

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 02.10.2015 | Weird News
Eliot Borenstein

In honor of the final installment of the eighty-seven-part Hobbit film series, a Russian art group recently decided to crown the Moscow International Business Center with the All-Seeing Eye of Sauron.

How The Russian Orthodox Church Answers Putin's Prayers In Ukraine

Reuters | By Gabriela Baczynska and Tom Heneghan | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion

MOSCOW/DONETSK, Ukraine, Oct 6 (Reuters) - After weeks of defying international pleas to free eight European officials they had captured in May, pro...

For The Religious Leader With Everything: A Fighter Jet

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader this week as ...

Russian Orthodoxy

Martin Marty | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

These "clash of civilization" expressions, say the Orthodox faculty members at Fordham, rely on "flawed assumptions about Orthodox Christian history and doctrine." It is important to get this story and scene right, they argue because it will play out politically wherever "East vs. West" language is convenient in various causes.

Eurovision Winner Condemned By Russian Orthodox Church

Religion News Service | Sophia Kishkovsky | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion

MOSCOW (RNS) A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church strongly denounced the Eurovision Song Contest’s winner, saying it was a sign of the world...

Ukrainian Orthodox Head Condemns Russian Agression In Easter Message

Reuters | Alastair Macdonald | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion

KIEV, April 20 (Reuters) - As Russians and Ukrainians celebrated Easter on Sunday with their nations locked in conflict, the head of Ukraine's Ortho...

How The Ukrainian Crisis May Split Russian Orthodox Church

Religion News Service | SOPHIA KISHKOVSKY | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion

MOSCOW (RNS) As Russian troops massed on Ukraine’s border and a controversial secession vote in Crimea approaches Sunday (March 16), Patriarch Kiril...

Why My Heart is Torn Between Russian Orthodoxy and Pussy Riot

Morgan Guyton | Posted 04.23.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

In a life of idolatry, we don't really enjoy ourselves when we consume the fetishized objects that imprison us; often our consumption itself is part of a script that we don't realize we've been tricked into obeying

Orthodox Church Makes Surprise Move On Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Law

Agence France Presse | Dmitry Zaks | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Russia's powerful Orthodox Church proposed Friday a referendum on banning gay relations in the face of Western pressure over human rights ahead of nex...

Book Review: Red Fortress, History and Illusion in the Kremlin

George Mocharko | Posted 02.18.2014 | Books
George Mocharko

One begins to comprehend the profound depth of the Russian story after reading through the first few chapters of Catherine Merridale's magnificent new book Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin.

Miraculous Virgin Mary Icon Produces Sweet-Smelling Myrrh, Cures Man Of Blindness

Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion

Parishioners at a small, "cozy" Russian Orthodox Church in Hawaii say they have a lot to be thankful for. "We certainly don't deserve it," Father ...

Move Along, No Gay Propaganda Here

Steve Skrovan | Posted 10.14.2013 | Comedy
Steve Skrovan

Recently, Moscow celebrated a holiday called "Paratrooper's Day." When I was told it culminates with some of the soldiers stripping down to their underwear to dance and frolic in a fountain, it reminded me of another type of parade that takes place all around the world.

Gay Marriage Will Bring About The Apocalypse, Says Religious Leader

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion

Russia has been cracking down on gays and lesbians lately, with harsh legislature making it potentially dangerous to be LGTB-identified in the country...

Pussy Riot + The Russian Orthodox Church = It's Complicated

Scott MacDougall | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

When it comes to the relationship between Pussy Riot and the Russian Orthodox Church, it might not be true love, but it certainly isn't irreconcilable differences, just as most true and meaningful things tend to be.

Church Leader To Monks: Avoid 'Sinful And Tempting' Internet

Reuters | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has urged monks not to use cellphones to access the Internet in order to avoid temptation. ...

Ukraine's Freezing Winter Baptismal Holiday

Miles Atkinson | Posted 05.18.2013 | Travel
Miles Atkinson

January 19 is a holiday in the Orthodox tradition commemorating the baptism of Jesus. On this day all the waters become holy. Believers, revelers, and exhibitionists alike wade out naked into the rivers and lakes in a ritualistic freezing bath.

Russia To Rework Bill On Offending Religion

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2013 | Religion

By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The Russian government asked parliament on Sunday to amend a bill that would set jail te...

Russian Workers Protest Pussy Riot, Their Boss Explains Why

Simon Shuster | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
Simon Shuster

In early October, the employees of Russia's largest ammonia manufacturer, TogliattiAzot, staged a demonstration against the members of Pussy Riot, who...

Russian Church To Pussy Riot: Repent!

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 11.30.2012 | Religion

MOSCOW — The Russian Orthodox Church on Sunday asked for clemency for three jailed members of the rock band Pussy Riot if they repent for their ...