Russia Religion & Spirituality
Major Russian Holiday Today - Baptism of Jesus - the Rich Cultural Background (Theophany)
Putin takes Epiphany's icy plunge with pilgrims
New Catholic Film On Russia's Christian Renaissance
Russian Priest Explains Why Westerners Are Converting To Orthodox Christianity
Jihadi War Criminal Acquitted of War Crimes Committed Against 3,500 Christian Serbs - Russian TV
Russian Church Leader Warns EU on Immigration, Preserving Cultural Identity
ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Orthodox church attack in Russia
2018-02-19 17:45:20 ISIS claimed responsibility Monday for the deadly attack on Orthodox churchgoers in Russia that left at least five women dead. In a statement posted on an ISIS-affiliated website, the group said a Muslim fighter attacked a "a Christian temple" in Kizlyar, located in a predominantly Muslim region of Dagestan situated between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea. The authenticity of the statement couldn't be confirmed, but the website is regularly used by ISIS to post statements   Read More ...
Russian 'burning church' art engulfed in controversy
2018-02-19 17:36:01 A community of Russian artists has attracted controversy by burning a model of what some say appears to be a Catholic church at an Orthodox Christian festival. Setting fire to an effigy is a traditional part of Maslenitsa, or "Butter Week" - a six-day festival marking the last week before Orthodox Lent, although it also has pagan roots. Nikola-Lenivets - an "art park" devoted to modern art and architecture near the western city of Kaluga - usually has its own take on the festival, and every year sets a different shape alight   Read More ...
Russia church shooting kills 5 after gunman opens fire on people leaving service
2018-02-19 00:10:15 Five women were killed and several others were injured after a gunman opened fire with a hunting rifle on people leaving a church service in Russia's Dagestan region on Sunday, Russian media outlets reported.   Read More ...
Russia church shooting leaves 5 dead after gunman opens fire on people leaving service
2018-02-18 17:41:10 Four people were killed and several others were injured after a gunman opened fire on people leaving a church service in Russia's Dagestan region on Sunday, Russian news agency Tass reported.   Read More ...
Report: 4 dead in Russia church shooting
2018-02-18 17:33:17 MOSCOW -- Russian news agency Tass is reporting that a gunman opened fire on people leaving a church service in Russia's Dagestan region, killing four and wounding four others. Tass said the Sunday shooting occurred outside a church in the town of Kizlyar. The agency cited Mayor Alexander Shuvalov as the source for the number of people killed and wounded.   Read More ...
Russian news agency reports 4 dead in church shooting
2018-02-18 16:40:49 MOSCOW – Russian news agency Tass is reporting that a gunman opened fire on people leaving a church service in Russia's Dagestan region, killing four and wounding four others. Tass said the Sunday shooting occurred outside a church in the town of Kizlyar. The agency cited Mayor Alexander Shuvalov as the source for the number of people killed and wounded.   Read More ...
Russian church shooting: Four people killed in Dagestan attack
2018-02-18 16:34:16 A gunman has opened fire on people leaving a church service in Russia's Dagestan region, killing four and wounding four others. Russian news agency Tass said the Sunday shooting occurred outside a church in the town of Kizlyar. The agency cited mayor Alexander Shuvalov as the source for the number of people killed and wounded. More follows… More about:   Read More ...
As Chabad emissaries expelled from Russia, chief rabbi sees a friend in Putin
2018-02-13 09:18:24 MOSCOW — When Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar and his wife Channa arrived in Moscow 30 years ago, one of their first projects was handing out Israeli-made matzah to hundreds of hungry Jews before the Passover holiday. To Lazar, who collected an address or phone number from each recipient along with his nominal payment, it was an opportunity to feed people, spiritually and physically   Read More ...
Teaching two Russian orphans about God
2018-02-07 12:17:20 The challenge appeared enormous. Natalya Balan, the 59-year-old mother of four adult children, wasn’t sure how to make God real to the two young brothers that she had brought home from the Russian orphanage. The boys — Daniil, 10, and his 9-year-old brother, Nikita — had suffered unspeakable abuse from their alcoholic father and later in the orphanage. Their mother was dead   Read More ...
Orthodox Christians in Russia and Ukraine brave icy epiphany dip
2018-01-27 13:05:44 (19 Jan 2018) Hundreds of Russians and Ukrainians took a dip in icy waters in freezing cold temperatures on Friday to celebrate Epiphany, a major holiday in Orthodox Christianity marking the birth and baptism of Jesus. Water blessed by a priest on the Epiphany week in Orthodox tradition is considered holy and pure, and bathing is believed to have healing powers. In the small town of Handyga, in the Sakha Republic of Russia, about 100 men and women went into freezing cold water while the air temperature was -49 degrees Celsius. People were brought by bus to an ice hole prepared the night before and jumped into it in turns to go through the extremely cold ritual   Read More ...
THE MARK OF THE BEAST: Digitalization Will Lead To Totalitarian State - Head of Russian Church Warns
2018-01-25 06:04:44 Head of Russian Church’s Kirill Hard-Hitting Interview All Christians Need to Hear We found this Christmas day (January 7th) interview highly interesting - the Patriarch says some truly remarkable things here. He argues that Russia is, and was for most of its history, a deeply selfless nation, helping others out of a sense of Christian duty.   Read More ...
U.S. criticizes Russia for arming Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis
2018-01-25 05:08:16 WASHINGTON – The United States criticized Russia on Wednesday for approving sales of fighter jets to Myanmar’s military despite its deadly operations against Rohingya Muslims, warning that Moscow’s actions could make the situation worse. Russian defense officials used a visit to Myanmar this week to announce a deal to deliver six Su-30 fighter jets to the country’s military. The Russian officials said Myanmar is also interested in buying Russian navy ships and land weapons   Read More ...
US criticizes Russia for arming Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis
2018-01-24 22:42:28 WASHINGTON – The United States criticized Russia on Wednesday for approving sales of fighter jets to Myanmar's military despite its deadly operations against Rohingya Muslims, warning that Moscow's actions could make the situation worse. Russian defense officials used a visit to Myanmar this week to announce a deal to deliver six Su-30 fighter jets to the country's military. The Russian officials said Myanmar is also interested in buying Russian navy ships and land weapons   Read More ...
US criticizes Russia for arming Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis
2018-01-24 22:10:45 WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is criticizing Russia for approving sales of fighter jets to Myanmar's military despite its deadly operations against Rohingya Muslims. Russian defense officials used a visit to Myanmar this week to announce a deal to deliver six Su-30 fighter jets. They said Myanmar is also interested in buying Russian navy ships and land weapons. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the majority of the world wants the Myanmar crisis resolved peacefully   Read More ...
Major Russian Holiday Today - Baptism of Jesus - the Rich Cultural Background (Theophany)
2018-01-19 17:05:17 About the author: For lovers of Russian culture, folklore, and history, Kotar’s work is a treasure. The grandson of White Russian immigrants, the 34-year-old is an author of epic fantasy novels inspired by Russian fairy tales. You can see his four books here on Amazon. He is also a deacon of the Russian Orthodox Church, a professional translator, and choir director at the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, where he lives   Read More ...
Putin takes Epiphany's icy plunge with pilgrims
2018-01-19 09:02:21 MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin and many Orthodox pilgrims braved a bitter winter snap overnight to take the annual plunge into icy water in a traditional ritual marking the baptism of Jesus. In some areas, the extreme temperatures - which in parts of Siberia dropped to minus 68 degrees Celsius - the local authorities cancelled the rite which marks Epiphany. Surrounded by Orthodox priests and glittering religious icons, and with the temperature hovering around minus 5 degrees Celcius, Putin lowered himself into the freezing waters of Lake Seliger some 350 kilometres northwest of Moscow   Read More ...
Putin Compares Communism to Christianity and Lenin to Saints
2018-01-15 12:20:08 Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Communist ideology is similar to Christianity, adding Lenin’s body can be compared to a saint. In his interview for the documentary ‘Valaam’, an excerpt of which was broadcast on Russia 1 TV, Putin said his words might be disliked by some people. “There were those years of militant atheism when priests were eradicated, churches destroyed, but at the same time a new religion was being created   Read More ...
EXCLUSIVE: How The Russian Church Influenced Putin To Save Christians in Syria
2018-01-15 12:09:49 Head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill, delivers a fascinating account of the issues and of his personal involvement, as well as how they were brought t   Read More ...
Head of Russian Church’s Hard-Hitting Interview All Christians Need to Hear
2018-01-13 18:10:01 Many believe that Russia is trying to play a disproportionate role in the world, and there are even some risks for our country. So is the cross able? His Holiness: "The cross is not supposed to be abandoned," the Orthodox Church teaches. If Russia takes on this cross, then God will give and the forces to carry it. Most importantly, that what we have just said about, namely, the moral dimension in politics, is never absorbed by purely pragmatic goals, far from morality   Read More ...
Russia Returns Christmas to Syria: Christians Worship Safe From Islamist Terror
2018-01-10 18:07:31 With the jihadist vanquished, Syria's Christians are now openly celebrating their faith without fear of persecution. In Syria, because it follows Eastern Orthodoxy, Christmas, as in Russia, is celebrated on the 7th of January. Much work is left to be done, many churches need repair, relics and icons must be recovered or replaced. Despite all of this hardship, Christmas is celebrated with joy   Read More ...
This Ultra-Conservative Christian Genius Had Total Influence in 19th C. Russia (Pobedonostev)
2018-01-07 16:08:23 "For him, the most important job of government was to preserve and uphold the traditional, religious worldview of the common people." He is also a deacon of the Russian Orthodox Church, a professional translator, and choir director at the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, where he lives. Here is his bio from his blog, where he writes about many aspects of Russia   Read More ...
Christian Zionism: The Heresy of Choice for Neocons
2018-01-05 11:31:16 At least one in four American Christians surveyed recently by Christianity Today magazine said that they believe it is their biblical responsibility to support the nation of Israel. This view is known as Christian Zionism. The Pew Research Center put the figure at 63 per cent among white evangelicals. Christian Zionism is pervasive within mainline American evangelical, charismatic and independent denominations including the Assemblies of God, Pentecostals and Southern Baptists, as well as many of the independent mega-churches   Read More ...
Members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation discussed the application of the law on missionary activities
2017-12-15 12:22:21 On November 28, a round table was held in the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, devoted to the following topic: Law Enforcement Practice in Respect of Federal Law No. 125 "On Freedom of Conscience and on Religious Associations", Art. 24.1 “Missionary Activities: Main Aspects and Problems.” This event was organized by the Commission on Harmonization of Inter-ethnic and Inter-Confessional Relations of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation by Oleg Goncharov, director of the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty department for the church in the Euro-Asia region   Read More ...
Church Leader's Brilliant 1918 Letter to Lenin Speaks the Truth About the Revolution
2017-12-07 12:17:34 " ... rivers of the blood of our brothers, pitilessly murdered at your rallying, cry out to heaven and force us to tell you the bitter truth." " ... you have given them a stone instead of bread, and a serpent instead of a fish." This article appeared on a new site about the Christian renaissance in Russia, called Russian Faith   Read More ...
'Bitcoin a Gift From God, Will Hit $100K' - Russia Today's Max Keiser
2017-12-05 13:33:19 Some investors in cryptocurrency are now moving their money from bitcoin to bitcoin cash, ethereum, and other alternatives. Max Keiser, the host of RT’s financial program ‘Keiser Report,' advises sticking to the father of all digital money. Keiser told RT when asked if alternative coins will dethrone bitcoin. According to Keiser, the value of bitcoin will increase to $100,000 from the current record of $8,000   Read More ...
Russia: 'I come as a guest' – Israeli Jew Ben Tzion explains Medina mosque visit
2017-11-29 20:31:40 Russian-born Israeli Jew Ben Tzion said that he “paid a private visit as a guest” speaking of time spent in Saudi Arabia, during an interview in Moscow on Tuesday. Tzion is known for visiting holy sites across the Muslim world, including mosques in Iran, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Video ID: 20171129 022 Video on Demand: http://www.ruptly.tv Contact: cd@ruptly.tv Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ruptly Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ruptly.   Read More ...
'You Are Abandoning God' - Head of Russian Church Explains to US Ambassador Who Is Mormon - James Bogardus
2017-11-27 18:14:43 What we would have given to be a fly on the wall for this conversation. We wonder if the fact that 99% of Russians think Mormons are nuts ever came up? Or, what in the world was the Trumpster was thinking in sending a Mormon and a mega-cuck to Moscow as his personal representative? Or maybe he was thinking that he wasn't going to let an ambassador get anywhere near his relationship with Russia, so he would send one which was disqualified from the get-go? One can only wonder   Read More ...
U.S. calling Rohingya operation 'ethnic cleansing' unhelpful - Russian envoy
2017-11-23 10:47:55 YANGON (Reuters) - The U.S. labelling of a Myanmar army crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as "ethnic cleansing" is unhelpful and could aggravate the situation, Russia's ambassador to the southeast Asian nation said on Thursday, criticising "excessive external intervention". Rights groups have accused the military in mostly Buddhist Myanmar of carrying out mass rape and other atrocities during a ferocious military sweep launched in late August in retaliation for attacks by Rohingya Muslim militants in Rakhine State   Read More ...
Russian envoy: US calling Rohingya operation 'ethnic cleansing' unhelpful
2017-11-23 10:10:05 YANGON - The US labeling of a Myanmar army crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as "ethnic cleansing" is unhelpful and could aggravate the situation, Russia's ambassador to the southeast Asian nation said on Thursday, criticizing "excessive external intervention." Rights groups have accused the military in mostly Buddhist Myanmar of carrying out mass rape and other atrocities during a ferocious military sweep launched in late August in retaliation for attacks by Rohingya Muslim militants in Rakhine State   Read More ...
Head of Russian Church: Godless West is 'Uprooting Faith From Society'
2017-11-21 13:03:30 This short excerpt is a particularly good example of the almost daily sermons the head of the Russian church, Kirill, gives as he travels around Russia. They are all broadcast on Russian Christian TV channels and on the internet and reach a wide audience. Kirill is a remarkably good speaker. Here, he puts into a nutshell the stark spiritual divergence of Russia and the West   Read More ...
BUSTED: FSB Detain 69 Members of Outlawed Islamic Terrorist Group in Moscow, Russia
2017-11-15 11:32:12 The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) detained 69 members of an outlawed extremist muslim organisation in Moscow. Authorities said that the suspects wer   Read More ...
Ukraine Nazis, Catholic Priest Pummel Russian Grandmothers, Seize Church (Russian TV News)
2017-11-07 17:03:47 This article originally appeared on a new site about the Christian renaissance in Russia, called Russian Faith. Their introductory video is at end of this article. This is a remarkable segment from the Russian evening news reporting on yet another illegal seizure of a church by nationalists from Ukrainians who belong to the Russian Church (a majority of Ukrainians). Full transcript follows below the video   Read More ...
New Catholic Film On Russia's Christian Renaissance
2017-11-02 18:26:46 This article originally appeared on a new site about the Christian renaissance in Russia, called Russian Faith. Their introductory video is at end of this article. Through interviews with the Roman Catholic archbishop of Moscow, a top official of the Russia Orthodox Church, and Orthodox monks, deacons, authors, professors and laypeople—including a Russian rock singer—the film pays tribute to Russians who kept the Christian faith alive through bloody persecution and now are trying to chart a course for the future   Read More ...
Russian Priest Explains Why Westerners Are Converting To Orthodox Christianity
2017-10-17 00:26:12 In this wonderful, 4-minute video, Fr. Andrey brings us the news about Orthodox Christianity (the form of Christianity practiced by Russians). Orthodox Christianity may be the oldest form of Christianity, but it's becoming “in” in some parts of the modern world. As many Christian churches move farther away from their roots by embracing liberal ideas, people strain to find a more traditional, authentic form of Christianity. For many, that search brings them to the Orthodox Church. Sure, it's been years since some of the things Fr. Andrey talks about, but, hey, mainstream media has yet to tell us about it. - There have been mass conversions to Orthodoxy among young, educated Turks - Turkish Deputy Seline Sayek publicly announced her conversion to Orthodoxy - Tom Hanks, (legendary actor of the film Forrest Gump), converted to the Orthodox Church when he married Rita Wilson   Read More ...
Jihadi War Criminal Acquitted of War Crimes Committed Against 3,500 Christian Serbs - Russian TV
2017-10-17 00:26:03 Bosnian Court Acquits Muslim Warlord Responsible for Massacres Of Christian Serbs. Srebrenica Warlord Naser Oric Acquitted of War Crimes Subscribe to Vesti News ... On Monday, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina acquitted Naser Orić, former field commander of the Bosnian Muslim army, which was known for many punitive operations against the Serbs during the Balkan conflict. There's enough evidence of it, including the personal involvement of Orić, but the court ruled differently. Anna Rizkina tried to find out who'll be held responsible for the death of 3,500 people. Support us on Patreon! Visit us! Like us on Facebook: Follow   Read More ...
Russia's Enemies Are Fighting a Spiritual War Against Russian Christianity
2017-10-14 20:19:06 This is an excerpt from a longer article on the Orthodox England website. Parts that deal with church politics have not been included and are indicated in this text. We encourage those interested to read the full article on Orthodox England. On the centenary of the 1917 Western-organized coup d’etat which overthrew the Christian Empire of the Third Rome and led to the martyrdom of the Imperial Family and millions of others, attempts by our enemies to create divisions in contemporary Russian Church and society have intensified   Read More ...
Senior Hungarian Gov't Minister Says Soros 'Agent of Satan' Attacking Christianity - Dan Lyman
2017-10-14 20:18:50 The Hungarian government has established itself as a steadfast opponent of George Soros and the globalist agenda at the political and social levels, but now they have taken the battle spiritual, warning Soros is executing a Satanic scheme to destroy Europe. András Aradszki, Hungary's State Secretary for Energy, delivered a speech to fellow parliamentarians titled, "The Christian duty to fight against the Satan/Soros Plan," in which he warned of an all-out attack on Christianity, traditional values, and the nuclear family   Read More ...
What the Mainstream Media Won’t Tell You About Syria’s Christians
2017-10-12 22:08:19 Russian Orthodoxy originated on the territory of Ancient Syria/Eastern Roman Empire thus Russia has a cultural interest in saving fellow Syrian Orthodox Christians. It is part of Russia's foundation. This article appeared : Russian Faith, a new website with news about the Christian renaissance in Russia. See their introductory video at end of article. Accurate reporting about what is really happening in Syria is hard to come by — the “fake news” phenomenon could almost have been invented for the way much of the Western media reports conflict in the Middle East   Read More ...
Russian Church Leader Warns EU on Immigration, Preserving Cultural Identity
2017-10-04 20:11:16 "The European Union, when writing its constitution, declined to mention its Christian heritage even in the preamble of the document." "I firmly believe that a Europe which has renounced Christ will not be able to preserve its cultural and spiritual identity." This article originally appeared on: Russian Faith, a new website with news about the Christian renaissance in Russia. See their introductory video at end of article   Read More ...
Pope discusses Ukraine with Russia's Metropolitan Hilarion
2017-09-27 00:11:55 2017-09-26 Vatican Radio. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Tuesday with Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion, who came to thank the Holy Father for the recent loan of the relics of the 4th century Saint Nicholas of Myra. The relics, which were taken from the southern Italian city of Bari to Moscow and St Petersburg, drew huge crowds of Orthodox pilgrims during the two month loan period   Read More ...