Why the Russian Orthodox Church Celebrates Christmas on January 7th

Why the Russian Orthodox Church Celebrates Christmas on January 7th by Fr. John Whiteford for Russia-Insider Many people ask us why the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas on January 7th. These same people may also have wondered why the Soviet Union celebrated the “October Revolution” on November 7th, and the answers to both questions are related. At the time the communists seized power in Russia, Russia still used the Julian calendar, so named for Julius Caesar, who established it as the official calendar of the Roman Empire. This was the…

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Western Christianity Aid to Eastern Christianity: Too Little Too Late

Western Christianity Aid to Eastern Christianity: Too Little Too Late by Elias Samo for Strategic-Culture In a recent meeting in Budapest, Victor Orban, the Hungarian Prime Minister and Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, were joined by heads of Christian Churches from Syria to discuss the dire situation of Eastern Christianity. Mr. Orban said, “We are politicians and we want to ask you what we need to do in order to help this area and what your needs are which must be addressed”. Mr. Putin added, noting that “despite the fact…

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Insight – Christian Orthodox Faith: the Saker

Insight – Christian Orthodox Faith: the Saker from The Saker C.S. Lewis, in his preface to St Athanasius’ On the Incarnation, urges us to study the classics. He lamented how today (his “today,” but equally if not more importantly our own) people are more interested to read about the great figures of the past rather than the works themselves. He emphasized the need to return to the classic texts of the past, both to expose our own all-too-often hidden presuppositions and to open ourselves to ways of thinking other than our…

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Role of “Religion Card” in West’s Battle Against Georgia’s Unity

Role of “Religion Card” in West’s Battle Against Georgia’s Unity Author: Vladimir Odintsov for Journal NEO In recent years, the use of “international” and “religion” cards has become a common tool for promoters of “color revolutions” and in regional conflicts. And it is easy enough to find evidence of this. For instance, there are attempts to destabilize the situation in Ukraine and overall, to breed dissent among local clergy of the Orthodox world by promoting the tomos of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. It is also readily apparent from the conflict…

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Christian Putin & Belarusian President Lukashenko Visit “The Sacred Athos Of North” Valaam Monastery (Video)

Christian Putin & Belarusian President Lukashenko Visit “The Sacred Athos Of North” Valaam Monastery Video from Russia-Insight Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko visited the Transfiguration of the Saviour Patriarchal Monastery on Valaam. The two leaders visited the Transfiguration of the Saviour Cathedral, attended a service, went to the Hermitage of All Saints, the Church of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God, and the Chapel of Royal Passion-bearers. Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko also visited Svetly Island and the Church of…

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What the Soviets Intended for Siberia, God Intended for Good

What the Soviets Intended for Siberia, God Intended for Good by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra  for The Gospel Coalition When Evgeny Bakhmutsky’s grandfather baptized him, the older man cried—but not just happy tears. “He was crying because he knew I might be arrested the next day,” Bakhmutsky said. “And he was crying because he knew Christianity is a road to suffering and pain and likely death.” Peter Bakhmutsky wasn’t being overly dramatic. In 1945, the pastor had been exiled to the labor camps in Siberia, shoved from one mine to another.…

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No One Saw It Coming: Rise of Christianity in Russia Baffles US Establishment

No One Saw It Coming: Rise of Christianity in Russia Baffles US Establishment by Stephen Ryan for Russia-Insider Winston Churchill once described Russia as a “riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”  Churchill’s words ring true today as we see Russia, almost mysteriously, emerge onto the world stage as a military adversary; a geopolitical rival; and a vexing riddle that nobody in Washington, D.C. has quite figured out.  Obama got it wrong when he mocked Mitt Romney’s concerns that Russia was a menace to world order, calling the Russians a “regional…

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5 Major Differences Between Catholicism and Russian Christianity

5 Major Differences Between Catholicism and Russian Christianity from Russia-Insider A popular American priest explains how Rome has departed from its roots in the original Christian church, which is called Orthodox Christianity, the kind practiced in Russia. We highly recommend this Youtube channel, Theoria (Divine Vision in Greek). It has some fantastic videos about Orthodox Christianity. This one features Father Andrew Stephen Damick, a well-known and popular Antiochian Orthodox Archpriest. He grew up the son of Evangelical missionaries. Fr. Damick is a great speaker and apologist, famous for his blog, his podcast, and his book Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy,…

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Why Pro-Family Programs in Eastern Europe Drive the Liberal West Mad

Why Pro-Family Programs in Eastern Europe Drive the Liberal West Mad by Tim Kirby for Strategic-Culture While New York has extended the “freedom” to get an abortion up to 40 weeks into pregnancy and the EU continues to fight for its policy of replacing native populations with migrants, the former Eastern Bloc is moving from not just pro-family words but to pro-family political action. This type of lawmaking is another truck load of stones for building a road away from Liberalism. Prime Minister Viktor Orban during his nation’s equivalent of the “State…

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