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January 5, 2002 |
An old woman wearing peasant clothes and a kerchief stands in front of a Russian church topped by gilded cupolas. The scene could be out of a long-ago century if it weren't for a Ford pickup parked nearby and a TV antenna sprouting from a house.
June 28, 2001 |
Since the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, few dreams have driven Pope John Paul II more passionately than that of a "total communion" between Roman Catholicism and the Eastern Orthodox churches that left the Vatican fold nearly 1,000 years ago. But rather than speeding such a reunion, the end of the Cold War has, to his dismay, given rise to bitter rivalry between Orthodox and Catholic communities in the former Soviet bloc that are reemerging from decades of Communist rule.
June 24, 2001 |
Pope John Paul II, starting one of the most delicate missions of his 23-year reign, urged Ukraine's Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian communities Saturday to bury centuries of religious feuding, and assured wary Orthodox believers that he had not come here to raid their flock in search of converts. "Let us recognize our faults as we ask forgiveness for the errors committed in both the distant and recent past," the pontiff from neighboring Poland said in fluent Ukrainian after he landed.
August 15, 2000 |
Ending a decades-long debate, the Russian Orthodox Church on Monday canonized Russia's last czar, Nicholas II, saying the ruler died as a martyr to his faith when he was executed 82 years ago. "He is now a saint," said a spokeswoman for Patriarch Alexi II, the head of the church. The Archbishops' Council, the church's highest body, also canonized Nicholas' wife, Alexandra, and the couple's four daughters and one son, all of whom were killed by a Bolshevik firing squad.
January 29, 2000 |
The nun looked out through the barred gate of a Russian Orthodox monastery here and tried to explain why she and an American colleague have been holed up inside for nearly two weeks, refusing to leave. "It's about the land here and why our church should get to keep it," Sister Xenia Cesena, 35, of San Francisco said this week through the gate. "But it's also about religious freedom. It's a high principle for us to stand for."
January 31, 1999 |
The Russian Orthodox Church will investigate the allegedly miraculous properties of an icon of the country's last czar, Nicholas II, the Itar-Tass news agency quoted a leading clergyman as saying. The icon at Moscow's Church of the Ascension has reportedly been exuding myrrh since Nov. 7, the anniversary of the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917. The czar and his family were shot by a Bolshevik firing squad in July 1918.
July 10, 1998 |
The funeral in St. Petersburg next week for the last czar of Russia and his ill-fated loved ones was supposed to be an occasion for national repentance and reconciliation. But like so much else in Russia in this confused post-Communist era, the best intentions of giving a proper burial--80 years late--to Czar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, three of their five children and four servants have fallen victim to posturing and politics.
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May 30, 1998 |
The Ukrainian branch of the Russian Orthodox Church has denounced a new national ID system as "the mark of the Antichrist." The system introduced last fall is similar to U.S. Social Security numbers and has become more widespread in recent weeks. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine appealed to President Leonid Kuchma, the government and Parliament to change it.
May 29, 1998 |
Believers of the Russian Orthodox faith have set out on a 6,000-mile "millennium pilgrimage" to Moscow in an effort to call people back to their traditional faith--and promote Russian nationalism along the way. The nine pilgrims who left this city on the Sea of Japan this week expect to reach their destination on Jan. 7, 2000--the 2,000th anniversary of the birth of Jesus, according to the Orthodox calendar.
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October 1, 1997 |
Superficially, Russia's recent enactment of a law restoring state control over religious life looks like a victory for the most backward elements in Russian society. The truth is not so simple. This assault on freedom succeeded because key leaders in Russian politics and the Russian Orthodox Church are not traditionalist enough. The law's core is not medieval but Soviet. It classifies religious bodies such as church congregations according to the status they had 15 years ago.