July 23, 2014

Wave of Clergy Killings in Russia

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (center) conducts the funeral service for slain priest Daniil Sysoyev in a Moscow church, 23 November 2009

Voice of America. H/T Orthodox News Twenty-six Orthodox priests murdered since 1990, including 39-year-old Alexander Filippov on Tuesday The second murder of a Russian priest in as many months has prompted a call by the Orthodox Church for Russians to think about their country's spiritual and moral condition. The killings follow more violence this year directed against Muslim clerics in Russia's troubled Caucasus region. Tuesday's shooting death of 39-year-old priest Alexander Filippov is alleged to be the act of two intoxicated men in the village of Satino-Russkoye near Moscow. His widow is quoted as saying Filippov had reproached the suspects for relieving themselves at the entrance of their apartment building. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, called Filippov a bright and clean-living individual who leaves behind three daughters. Kirill says the priest was killed because he was not indifferent to disgusting human behavior and took a … [Read more...]

Patriarch Kirill believes main achievement of August 1991 is revival of faith

Kursk, September 24, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes that the main achievement of August 1991 is revival of religious life and end of atheistic persecutions in Russia. “Perhaps, the Lord allowed destroying churches, insulting shrines, shedding blood and suffering in order to open divine logics of life and mystery of God’s will to our people and through our long-suffering history to the whole world,” Patriarch Kirill said in his sermon after festival service in the Kursk Root Hermitage on Thursday. The Patriarch noted that the way of hardships our country passed in the 20th century was not taken in vain, as the whole society was able to “redeem its guilt before God, to redeem the sin of apostasy with suffering, blood and misfortunes.” “On certain moment of history the Lord – as there was no any human will in it - on the day of His glorious Transfiguration tempered justice with mercy and stopped more than 70-year atheistic captivity,” the Patriarch … [Read more...]