The Surprising Rise of Christianity in Russia

Mystic Post with an interesting read for a Sunday afternoon: With America clearly in mind, Vladimir Putin recently declared: “In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered. They’re now requiring not only the proper acknowledgment of freedom of conscience, political views and private life, but also the mandatory acknowledgment of the equality…

Pushing the Patriarch into Putin’s Arms

In the Catholic Herald: Until the dramatic downing of flight MH17, Ukraine had ceased to be regularly at the forefront of the news agenda, displaced by conflicts elsewhere and by more mundane events. The return of international attention to the strife-torn country reminds us that the situation there continues to be as alarmingly tense as…

Patriarch Kirill: Russia Poses No Military Threat

May God give that everyone realizes Russia poses no military threat and no other danger to people. Orthodox Church News: Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said he urged global community not to perceive Russia as an aggressor. “May God give that those, who do not understand Russia, understand it today. May God give…

Russian Orthodox Church: Orthodox Patriarch Does Not Represent Us In Meeting Pope

The Religious Information Service of Ukraine is reporting: The chief foreign spokesman of the Russian Orthodox Church has expressed some misgivings that Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople will be meeting Pope Francis during the Pontiff’s visit to the Holy Land. Metropolitan Hilarion said that because Patriarch Bartholomew had not consulted with other Orthodox leaders before scheduling his…

Orthodox Churches Will Hold First Ecumenical Council In 1,200 Years

In Istanbul:  Patriarchs of the world’s 250  million Orthodox Christians ended a rare summit in Istanbul on  Sunday calling for a peaceful end to the crisis in Ukraine and  denouncing violence driving Christians out of the Middle East. Twelve heads of autonomous Orthodox churches, the  second-largest family of Christian churches, also agreed to hold  a…

Russia Church Shooting

Christian Science Monitor: On Sunday, a 24-year-old man attacked a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a city on the Sakhalin Island in the Pacific. A nun and a parishioner were killed and six others were wounded. A man employed as a private security guard opened fire Sunday in a cathedral on Russia’s Sakhalin Island in the Pacific, killing…