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For The Religious Leader With Everything: A Fighter Jet

Reuters | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | Gay 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 ...

Orthodox Deacon For Pussy Riot

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 11.18.2012 | World

TAMBOV, Russia — Sergei Baranov keeps his clerical robes hanging neatly in his closet, but he believes he will never again wear them inside a Ru...

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Warns Of Those Who Would 'Destry Our Churches'

Reuters | Posted 11.09.2012 | Religion

By Nastassia Astrasheuskaya and Steve Gutterman MOSCOW, Sept 9 (Reuters) - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church used a Sunday praye...

Russian Christians Can't 'Tolerate' The Museum Of Erotic Art

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.06.2012 | Arts

Ever since punk rock provocateurs Pussy Riot protested President Vladimir Putin near a church altar in Moscow, a segment of Russia's conservative Chri...

Pussy Riot Sentencing: Can't Jail Female Fury

Rose Marie Berger | Posted 10.19.2012 | Religion
Rose Marie Berger

Say a novena for the women of Pussy Riot. Light a candle in church for them. Even more, take a public action for justice, women's empowerment and freedom. But whatever you do, don't dismiss them.

Pope Says Orthodox-Catholic Meeting Raises Hope

AP | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy -- Pope Benedict XVI has hailed as an important step a meeting in Poland between the leaders of Russia's Orthodox church and Po...

Pussy Riot Awaits Verdict

Reuters | Timothy Heritage | Posted 10.16.2012 | World

MOSCOW, Aug 17 (Reuters) - A Russian judge delivers a verdict on Friday against three members of a feminist punk band for staging an anti-Kremlin pr...

Pussy Riot's Punk Prayer: What Would Jesus Do?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

For a Christian like me, the question that the Pussy Riot action begs is where might Jesus stand in the controversy between the combined power of the Church and State vs. three girls who made a prayer for deliverance from it.

Punk Band Arrest At Heart of Russian Orthodox Church Feud

AP | MANSUR MIROVALEV | Posted 05.13.2012 | Religion

MOSCOW -- The skinny dissident is thrown headfirst into a police van by camouflage-clad officers. Nearby, a dozen bearded men bearing Russian Orthodox...