Vatican Hosts Russian Concert

Pope John-Paul II, long before the fall of Communism said that the spiritual renewal of Western Europe would come from Russia. These were prophetic words as it turns out, but at the time many culture watchers thought they were the idealistic ramblings of a dreamer. Who would have thought just a few short decades ago the brutal tyranny of Communism would fall, collapsing under its own … [Read more...]

‘We have reached consensus on the autocephaly procedure’

As the Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Commission for the agenda of a Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church continues its work, the issue of granting autocephaly and the diptych order has come up to its attention in the period of 2009-2010. The leader of the Russian Orthodox delegation at the Preparatory Commission meetings, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church accuses Europe of dual standards in freedom of expression

H/T: OBL News Moscow, May 5, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate is concerned by the fact that the freedom of expression in Europe often does not apply to religious communities. "In the Western world today there is often the freedom to criticize any religious view, but at the same time tough censorship of religious symbols and religious approaches," Deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate … [Read more...]

Dialogue on Katyn Massacre between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches

This is a compelling interview, although the promise towards reconciliation it offered may be delayed, or worse, cut short, with the terrible airplane crash of Polish dignitaries near Moscow yesterday. They were flying to Russia to commemorate the Katyn Massacre (called "tragedy" below), and, if the interview below is accurate, look for some common ground to heal this grave wound of historical … [Read more...]

The Passions in Orthodox perception are deeply imbued with the theme of the Resurrection and radiant Paschal joy

This is a good interview in its own right. Note that the title attributed to Constantinople is "First Bishop of the Orthodox Church." Note too the overall sobriety in Met. Hilarion's tone. Metropolitan Hilarion’s interview to the church news portal. - Your Eminence, I would like to begin with a question about your oratorio which has been recently performed in the church of Agia … [Read more...]