Pskov Begins Massive Citizen Initiated Restoration Effort of Ancient Orthodox Churches!
Vesti News Jun 2, 2019
Pskov Oblast has launched the Our Ancient Churches project. The idea is that volunteers, fans of the ancient Russian architecture, will sustain and renovate dozens of masterpieces of Russian architectural art.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 28, 2019 14:06:38 GMT -5
Pat. Kirill Promises to Take Better Care of Spectacular “New Jerusalem” Monastery Than Notre-Dame!
Vesti News Nov 28, 2019
Today, Dmitry Medvedev announced the completion of the ten-year-long restoration of the New Jerusalem Monastery, which was severely damaged in WW2. This was funded by the state, 10 billion rubles ($156 mln) in total, also by big companies and private citizens. The specialists restored the monastery's exterior and interior and created all the engineering infrastructure virtually from scratch.
This is what happens when you let juden run rampant, they turn the place into sodom..
Church of Sweden unveils altarpiece of paradise featuring gay couples and transgender serpent.
RT.com 2 Dec, 2019 08:40
A church in Malmo has a new altarpiece meant to celebrate inclusivity by replacing Adam and Eve in paradise with gay couples in suggestive poses, while depicting the serpent tempting them as a transgender woman.
The controversial work of art is not new. Photographer and artist Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin painted it in 2012 and tried to donate it to the Skara Cathedral just before the church was preparing to conduct the first same-sex wedding in its 1,000-year history.
The openly lesbian artist, who has a history of blending religious imagery with pro-minority activism, said at the time that she wanted to test if the Church of Sweden was as gay-friendly as it claimed to be when it embraced same-sex marriage in 2009. The Skara Cathedral politely declined the gift, saying it was about political activism and not faith.
But over seven years have passed, and now Wallin has got her way, even if it isn’t in her home city. St. Paul’s Church in Malmo accepted the painting called “Paradise” as its new altarpiece and unveiled it on Sunday, the first day of Advent. Helena Myrstener, the pastor, said that “history was written” in the hanging of the “LGBT altarpiece” as she tweeted a photo of the painting.
Wallin’s reimagining of paradise was inspired by one of the works by Renaissance master Lucas Cranach the Elder. The artist/activist said she wanted to show that, since the beginning of time, the place for gay people was in paradise rather than hell. The modern interpretation interestingly seems more prudish in terms of nudity than the 16th century originals as both “lesbian Eves” have their breasts covered by leaves rather than concealing only their genitals, as is traditional.
But it’s probably not because the artist has problems with nudity. After all, her most famous photo exhibition – the 2012 Bible-inspired “Ecce Homo” – featured an image portraying the baptism of Jesus with the model standing for Christ having his penis fully exposed.
The Church of Sweden, the state Church of the Scandinavian country until 2000 and still by far its largest denomination, prides itself on embracing a laundry list of woke agendas. Despite this, Swedes have been leaving the Church in record numbers lately, according to surveys.
Judging by some comments on social media, the new altarpiece won’t help much with stopping the exodus. “The politization has gone too far,” one member commented on the news as she announced leaving the Church. Another one said that while there were plenty of enlightened priests in the Church of Sweden, radicals from a “PC-pack” have turned it into their own arena.
Putin visits Russian Armed Forces cathedral on 79th anniversary of Nazi invasion, says memory of war is ‘sacred’
RT.com 22 Jun, 2020 10:49
Vladimir Putin has marked the 79th anniversary of Operation Barbarossa – Nazi Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union – with a visit to the new Orthodox cathedral built for Russia's armed forces in Kubinka, outside Moscow.
Monday morning's event emphasized the close connection between church and state in contemporary Russia. June 22 is an important memorial day, as the USSR sustained around five million military casualties in the five months that followed the surprise German attack. In total, an estimated 27 million Soviet citizens died in the conflict, the majority Russian. Putin said that the memory of World War Two (also known as the 'Great Patriotic War') for the people of Russia is “absolutely sacred.”
The president was accompanied by his defense minister, Sergey Shoigu, and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. He took a tour of the cathedral, which was consecrated on June 14, and participated in a prayer service. The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ and the ‘Road of Remembrance’ museum complex are located at the 'Patriot Park' facility, around 55km to the west of central Moscow.
“For us, the citizens of Russia, the memory of the Great Patriotic War, of all those who fought and died, who brought victory closer, by all means, is absolutely sacred,” Putin said. “It is always with us. It gives us the strength to serve our country.”
He asserted that the modern generation of soldiers and officers remains faithful to the traditions of the past, and they perform their duties professionally. “We know that the state’s defense and security are reliably ensured,” the president added.
Services in the place of worship have already begun, but visitor numbers are limited due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘Threat to Christian civilization’: Russian Patriarch warns Ankara against dividing people by turning Hagia Sophia into mosque.
RT.com 6 Jul, 2020 21:06
If Turkey decides to convert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, now a museum and originally a Byzantine Christian church, into an active mosque, this could sow discord between Christians and Muslims, the Russian Orthodox Church has warned.
“A threat to Hagia Sophia is a threat to the entire Christian civilization,” Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, said in his address, pointing to the huge religious significance the 6th century temple played in the history of Orthodoxy and Russia.
Hagia Sophia played a certain role in the baptism of the Kievan Rus, a state that spanned parts of modern-day Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia, and adopted Christianity in the late 10th century. According to the old chronicles, the ‘heavenly beauty’ of the temple captivated envoys sent by Prince Vladimir the Great and their accounts influenced his decision to adopt Christianity and baptize his nation.
“The image of this church has become deeply ingrained in our culture and history,” the patriarch said, adding that “Hagia Sophia remains a great Christian shrine for every Russian Orthodox believer” to this day.
Converting it into a mosque once again – something the temple now-turned-museum was during the times of the Ottoman Empire – could heighten religious tensions inside Turkey and sour its relations with some other nations, the Russian Orthodox Church head warned.
“It is a duty of every civilized state to maintain balance: to reconcile society, and not aggravate discords in it; to help unite people, and not divide them,” Kirill said, adding that the move mulled by Ankara would “inflict great pain on the Russian people” and potentially hurt relations between Moscow and Ankara as well.
Earlier, the Kremlin also urged Ankara to consider the temple’s cultural and historical significance before following its plans. Yet, it also said that the issue is the “Turkish Republic’s internal affair.”
The developments come as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the prospect of the iconic temple turning into an active mosque is not unlikely. A Turkish court is expected to pass its judgment on the issue later this month.
Turkish president Erdogan signs decree turning Istanbul's Hagia Sofia into a mosque after court ruling.
RT.com 10 Jul, 2020 13:21
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signed a decree opening the world-famous Hagia Sophia as a mosque, after a court ruled that its conversion to a museum in the 1930s was unlawful.
The court ruled on Friday that the 1934 decree converting the ancient Byzantine cathedral into a museum was not lawful. Immediately after the ruling, Erdogan shared a copy of a decree on Twitter, mandating that the site be turned over to the country's religious directorate and reopened for worship.
In a televised address later in the evening, the Turkish leader said that the first prayers will be held in the Hagia Sophia on July 24.
Dating back to the 6th century, the Hagia Sophia is one of the most visited cultural sites in Turkey, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
UNESCO has expressed concern over Erdogan’s vision for the historic structure, noting in a statement on Friday that the building has a “strong symbolic and universal value.” It called on Turkey to "engage in dialogue" before taking any steps that might impact its universal value.
Even before his decree was issued, the Turkish president’s plan was condemned by leaders of the Russian and Greek Orthodox churches, who warned that it would be seen as an affront to Christians and create a fracture between East and West. Washington has also urged Turkey to maintain the Hagia Sophia as a museum.
Moscow has also highlighted the cultural significance of the building while acknowledging that the matter was an "internal affair" for Turkey.
Erdogan himself said that opening the Hagia Sophia for worship will not prevent local or foreign tourists from visiting the iconic site, which he said is a part of “humanity’s common cultural heritage.”
"Like all of our other mosques, the doors of Hagia Sophia will be open to all, locals or foreigners, Muslims and non-Muslims,” he added.
In Bulgaria we have a mosque in the capital Sofia, tear down the minaret, put up a cross, and voila! a church
turn all mosques into churches in Balkans!
No word from the so very 'christian' Putin...
'A slap in the face of all Christianity worldwide': Conversion of Hagia Sophia into mosque infuriates Russian Orthodox Church.
RT.com 11 Jul, 2020 17:12
The Russian Orthodox Church has criticized Turkey's leaders for revoking the museum status of "one of the greatest Christian shrines," Istanbul's famous Hagia Sophia, accusing Ankara of playing politics.
Founded by the Christian emperor Justinian, the Hagia Sofia was consecrated in the year 537, as a Byzantine cathedral. For almost a thousand years, it operated as a church – sometimes Orthodox, sometimes Catholic – before being converted into a mosque in 1453, following the Byzantine Empire's fall.
Nowadays, the Hagia Sophia is arguably the most popular tourist attraction in Turkey. On Friday, the Turkish Council of State annulled a 1934 decision to turn the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a museum. Immediately afterwards, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree returning the iconic site to its former status as a mosque.
"It is a pity that political conditions prevail over respect for other religious traditions," said Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, an Orthodox bishop and the chairman of the Department of External Church Relations in Russia.
"For Orthodox Christians, Hagia Sophia is the same as St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is for Catholics," he said, adding that the site is "one of the greatest Christian shrines."
“The conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque is a slap in the face that the Turkish leadership has inflicted on the Orthodox Church, with the whole Christian world.”
The event has also seen an adverse reaction from Russian politicians, with Senator Konstantin Kosachev claiming that the conversion "will trigger an extremely negative response throughout the entire Christian world."
Kosachev, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Federation Council, said that Ankara will "be seen as a violator of religious balance" and "will lose its clout."
While the move has caused widespread outcry, President Erdogan did note that the mosque would remain open for local and foreign visitors, "Muslims and non-Muslims," he said.
Following Hagia Sophia’s conversion to mosque, Russian MPs want Turkey’s disused Orthodox churches under Moscow’s control.
RT.com 16 Jul, 2020 16:03
A senior politician in Moscow says a group of Russian MPs intend to appeal to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to transfer control of Orthodox Christian locations inside his country to the jurisdiction of Russia.
Sergey Gavrilov, the head of Russia's State Duma (parliament) Committee for the Development of Civil Society, Public Issues and Religious Associations, believes the the country needs to begin negotiations with Turkey to take control of churches which formerly belonged to the Russian Orthodox Church. According to him, the transfer of Christian objects would be a “wise, well-considered political and legal decision.”
“I believe that, today, this issue should be resolved,” he said. “We need to discuss at least seven churches that once belonged to the Russian Orthodox Church – about their return and restoration.”
Gavrilov’s statement comes just days after the Russian Orthodox Church expressed its dismay at Turkey’s decision to convert the Hagia Sophia, a former Orthodox cathedral, into a mosque. The Hagia Sofia operated as a church for almost 1,000 years, before being turned into a mosque and later a museum. It’s re-conversion back into a place of Islamic worship angered many within the Russian Orthodox community. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the Department of External Church Relations in Russia, called it “a slap in the face [of] the Orthodox Church, with the whole Christian world.”
According to Gavrilov, MPs want Russia to take control of not only churches, but Orthodox farms, pilgrim centers, and hotels, which were “built by Russians and belonged to [Russia] before the revolution.”
On Tuesday, the Kremlin reported its satisfaction that Turkey would stick to its pledge to keep the Hagia Sophia open to visitors, even after its conversion is completed. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the former cathedral “has sacred meaning to all Orthodox believers,” but noted that its status is “an internal affair of Turkey.”
Post by TsarSamuil on Jul 18, 2020 12:49:37 GMT -5
Arson suspected as ‘major fire’ rocks gothic cathedral in Nantes, France, but damage ‘not comparable’ to Notre Dame (VIDEOS)
RT.com 18 Jul, 2020 07:24
Firefighters say they have contained a huge blaze that broke out inside a historic cathedral in the western French city of Nantes on Saturday. With multiple fires started, prosecutors believe the incident was a criminal act.
Video footage from the scene showed smoke billowing out of the Cathedral of Saint Pierre and Saint Paul, which dates back to the 15th century. Flames could also be seen leaping inside the building in footage released by the French fire brigade, which deployed over 100 firefighters to the scene to tackle the “major fire”.
Several hours later emergency officials announced that the fire had been contained and noted that the damage was not comparable to last year’s inferno at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
"The damage is concentrated on the organ, which seems to be completely destroyed. It's platform is very unstable and could collapse," regional fire chief General Laurent Ferlay told reporters in front of the cathedral.
Prosecutor Pierre Sennes revealed that three fires had been started at the church and authorities were treating the incident as a criminal act. He declined to give further details.
An eyewitness who lives near the cathedral earlier told the LCI news outlet that he was woken up by "a very strange sound of bells" and he could see the fire from his home. "From what I can see, there is more and more smoke," he said.
The roof of the Catholic cathedral previously suffered fire significant damage in 1972 when a blaze broke out. The impressive building had to be closed for three years to allow the necessary restorations to take place. The church was also partly destroyed during World War Two when it was bombed by Allied forces in 1944.
The fire comes just over a year after Notre Dame fell victim to a massive blaze, which destroyed its main spire and caused extensive damage.
Last Edit: Jul 18, 2020 12:51:13 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Coronavirus-denying, ex-con Russian priest calls for Putin to step down or face "full-blown spiritual war"
RT.com 13 Jul, 2020 15:28
A Russian priest who seized control of a convent, denies the existence of Covid-19, and criticized church leadership, has now called for Vladimir Putin to resign and transfer to him the position of Russian President.
Shiigumen Sergius, who was recently defrocked in response to his criticism of the Orthodox Church's coronavirus measures, appealed to Putin in a YouTube video published by his personal spokesman Vsevolod Moguchev. Sergius warned the president that he must resign his post and transfer it to him or face starting a "full-blown spiritual war."
"Be careful: there will be no blood, no maidan, no revolution," he said. "You have had a 20-year term to show who rules Russia. I have the power and the strength to declare to you, Mister President: give up your powers."
"Three days, and I'll restore order in Russia," he declared.
Sergius also directed criticism at the Russian Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Kirill, and at Russia's chief rabbi Berel Lazar, explaining that their "days are numbered."
In June, the rogue cleric was banned from preaching, following his claims that coronavirus is a "pseudo-pandemic," and that the church's leadership was controlled by the "the atheistic authorities." During the height of Covid-19, Russian churches were closed to prevent the spread of infection. Sergius also claimed on many occasions that the pandemic was an excuse to microchip the public.
Before becoming a priest, Shiigumen Sergius was a policeman, and has also served 13 years in prison for murder.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 21, 2020 14:54:01 GMT -5
Erdogan converts historic Byzantine church in Istanbul from museum into MOSQUE month after Hagia Sophia, stirring Greek anger.
RT.com 21 Aug, 2020 14:54
The historic Byzantine Chora church is returning to its role as a functioning mosque, having served as a museum for seven decades. Last month a similar reconversion was completed with Hagia Sophia, triggering backlash from Greece.
On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered to transfer a historic church in Istanbul into the care of the Religious Affairs Directorate and opening its doors to Muslim worshipers. A similar reconversion happened a month ago, when Hagia Sophia, which also had originated as an Orthodox house of prayer, was turned from a museum into a mosque.
The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora traces its history back to a fourth century monastery complex just outside of the wall of Constantinople, which was incorporated into the city as it expanded. The walls of the current building have survived since a major reconstruction in the 11th century. The interior features gorgeous Byzantine mosaics and frescoes, which were created sometime between 1315 and 1321 and depict scenes from the New Testament.
After Constantinople was conquered by the Ottomans in the mid-15th century, the church was transformed into a mosque and its Christian imagery covered behind plaster. Modern Turkey converted it into the Kariye Museum, a popular tourist destination, after World War II.
The decision to return the museum to its Ottoman-era role was passed by Turkey’s top administrative court in November. It was not immediately clear how long it would take before Muslim services could resume at the site, after Erdogan’s decree was published in Turkey's official gazette on Friday, thus coming into force.
Last month, Hagia Sophia underwent a similar controversial reconversion from a museum back into a functioning mosque. Erdogan, whose party courts political Islam for domestic and international support, attended the first Friday prayer held at the former Byzantine cathedral along with thousands of other worshipers.
The conversions have struck tensions between Turkey and its long-time rival and neighbor, Greece, which sees them as an attack on a Christian legacy held in Turkish custody. The Greek foreign ministry called the latest decision “yet another provocation against religious persons everywhere” by Ankara.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 27, 2020 15:06:38 GMT -5
Serbia: Church of Saint Sava in Belgrade reopens for visitors with new mosaic.
Ruptly Oct 27, 2020
The Church of Saint Sava reopened for visitors in Belgrade on Tuesday, following extensive internal decoration works.
Residents of Belgrade could be seen observing the freshly finished mosaic inside and taking pictures.
"This is something fantastic. I've travelled around the world but haven't seen anything like this anywhere before. It is beautiful," said Andjelka, a Belgrade resident.
"It is beautiful, it is absolutely beautiful. I am speechless, I cannot express the admiration I have towards it," said Jelena, another local.
The mosaic in the central dome of the church was created under the leadership of Russian academician Nikolay Muhin.
It covers 15,000 square metres, weighs over 40 tons and consists of more than 50 million pieces.
Three hundreds artists from Russia and Serbia took part in its creation and another 300 workers helped put the pieces together.
The mosaic was finished in less than four years and depicts the Ascension of Jesus.
The mosaic project, estimated at about €4 million Euros ($4.70 million) was financed by Russian energy giant Gazprom along with the Serbian and Russian governments.
The Church of Saint Sava is the largest Orthodox church in Serbia and one of the largest in the world. Its construction began in the late 1930s.
SOT, Jelena, Belgrade resident (Serbian): "It is beautiful, it is absolutely beautiful. I am speechless, I cannot express the admiration I have towards it. It is better than Hagia Sophia. Even the chandelier here is three times better than the one in Hagia Sophia."
SOT, Andjelka, Belgrade resident (Serbian): "This is something fantastic. I've travelled around the world but haven't seen anything like this anywhere before. It is beautiful."
SOT, Novak Djukic, Belgrade resident (Serbian): "It is phenomenal. Well done. It should've been done a while back but I congratulate them on what was done. It is extraordinary."
SOT, Dragana Maksimovic, Belgrade resident (Serbian): "I am thrilled, it is really fantastic. Something like this is unseen. I've visited many Orthodox and Catholic churches but this is something completely different. Once everything is finalised, it is going to be fantastic. Even despite the scaffolding and fence, it is great. My first impression is as children would say: 'Wow'."
SOT, Vico Marceta, Belgrade resident (Serbian): "This is fantastic. I've been to many churches and cathedrals, visited many in Russia, I was in Hagia Sophia too, I can't list them all now but this is fantastic. It is a work of art, magnificent work of art. It is shiny and beautiful."
SOT, Vico Marceta, Belgrade resident (Serbian): "Just imagine: this is going to stand here for the next 2,000-3,000 years. And we are here today at the beginning. That is something that makes your heart beat really fast."
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 25, 2020 14:41:16 GMT -5
Jehovah’s Witnesses members arrested in Moscow over ‘extremist organization’ allegations.
RT.com 24 Nov, 2020 15:41
Several leaders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia have been detained by law enforcement officers under legislation outlawing the religious group.
In a statement published on the website of the Investigative Committee on Tuesday, authorities reported the arrests of several people after a “conspiratorial gathering” in a private apartment in Moscow.
At the meeting, “followers studied religious literature and information contained in other sources of information propagating the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and carried out other actions characteristic of the group.”
“It was also found that the members of the unit persuaded and recruited new members from among the residents of the capital and other subjects to participate in a prohibited religious movement,” officers added.
Now, according to the Moscow Main Directorate of the federal agency, a manhunt is underway for further suspects in the capital and across more than 20 regions of the country, with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Russia’s domestic security agency, the FSB, aiding investigators.
In 2017, membership of the Christian denomination was banned by the Russian Supreme Court after a request from the government. The decision was widely condemned abroad as a perceived infringement of religious freedoms. However, a survey of the general public found that more than three-quarters supported the decision, with some responding that “they go from house to house, harassing people on the streets and calling them on the phone.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously been asked to reconsider the ban on the religious group. At a meeting of the Council for Civil Society Development and Human Rights in 2018, he said that “we must treat all religions equally – that’s a fact. But we also need to consider the country and the society in which we live. That doesn’t mean, however, that we should be counting the representatives of religious communities among the various destructive or even terrorist organizations.”
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