Russian movie, The Priest

Russian movie, The Priest

“The Priest” (Russian: Поп) is a 2009 Russian drama directed by Vladimir Khotinenko. It tells a little-known story from the German occupation of Soviet territory during the Second World War. Between 1941 and 1944, a small group of priests were dispatched by the Orthodox Metropolitan of Latvia on a mission...

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RT: Agafia’s Story: Old hermit lives alone deep in Siberian forest, seeks help

RT: Agafia’s Story: Old hermit lives alone deep in Siberian forest, seeks help

Russian babushka Agafia, whose family fled civilization nearly a century ago, was born in the wilderness of the deep Siberian taiga. RT visited Agafia, who is the only living person of a family of the ‘Old Believers’ denomination of the Orthodox church. In the mid-17th century, the leader of Russia’s...

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Saint Jacob Netsvetov

Saint Jacob Netsvetov

If you look at a map of Alaska, you’ll see it has a kind of tail leading away from the mainland toward Russia and Japan. That tail is made up of a large peninsula and hundreds of islands, some reasonably large, others nothing more than a small bare rock. Those...

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Pravoslavie: Abbot Ephraim Calling Upon Orthodox Christians to Unite in the Struggle Against Abortion

Pravoslavie: Abbot Ephraim Calling Upon Orthodox Christians to Unite in the Struggle Against Abortion

Orthodox Christians should more actively strive for a ban on abortions, believes Abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery on Holy Mount Athos, Archimandrite Ephraim, reports Interfax-Religion. “It is unacceptable that such terrible crimes as abortions are committed in Orthodox countries, moreover, in such large quantities! This phenomenon must make us think...

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Metropolitan Hilarion: World on Brink of World War III

Metropolitan Hilarion: World on Brink of World War III

(Moscow, July 31, Interfax) – Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, has expressed concern over the current international situation, claiming that the world has found itself one step away from a global war. “The current situation is increasingly reminiscent of that in...

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Orthodox countries should reject Western legal, political, and moral values, says Russian Orthodox official

Orthodox countries should reject Western legal, political, and moral values, says Russian Orthodox official

Moscow (November 29, Interfax) – The Moscow Patriarchate has called on Orthodox countries, including Russia, not to change in dialogue with the European Union under its influence, but suggests that the EU change instead. “Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Greece, Serbia, and Bulgaria – representatives of the most powerful civilization –...

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This Russian Video Made the World Cry

This Russian Video Made the World Cry

Dashboard cameras are mainly used by police in America but are a popular accessory for civilian cars in Russia. There are a wide variety of dash-cam compilations from Russia on YouTube, including car crashes, bizarre occurrences, crazy traffic, and so on. But this dash-cam compilation is of an entirely different...

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Two Modern Artists with Orthodox Christian Themes

Two Modern Artists with Orthodox Christian Themes

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. This week, we are finishing our two-part series on Orthodox artists, past and present, whose work combines creativity with themes from their Orthodox Christian faith. Last week, we...

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Maslenitsa: An Orthodox Mardi Gras…With Snowball Fights

Maslenitsa: An Orthodox Mardi Gras…With Snowball Fights

Maslenitsa, sometimes called Butter Week, Crepe Week, or Cheesefare Week (i.e. the week we say goodbye to cheese), is a very popular religious and folk holiday for Orthodox Christians in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and other nearby areas. It’s similar to Mardi Gras or Carnival, in so far as it is...

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An Orthodox Priest with 70 Children

An Orthodox Priest with 70 Children

Assigned to an unremarkable village after seminary, Fr. Nikolay decided to do something big. He organized the building of three Orthodox churches, an Orthodox school, and a charity house with expansive facilities. In addition to all of that, over the years Fr. Nikolay and his wife have adopted 70 orphans,...

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