Grand Master Matthew Festing is out of the Knights of Malta following a request by Pope Francis

 

<19th-century St Isaac’s Cathedral on the main street Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition on Change.org opposing the handover of St Isaac's Cathedral back to the Orthodox Church, which was the main cathedral in Tsarist Russia (AFP Photo/MARTIN BUREAU)

 

In Russia today, he [Gubin – in photo] argues, “the simplification, crudification and primitivization of culture is an inevitable process is the descent of the country into the third world, and this means that we do not have the stagnation which will disappear when a new Gorbachev appears. There aren’t the mechanisms that used to exist, and the new one works in a different way.”

“The solemn worship on Christmas Eve was attended by more than 150 parishioners,” said the rector of the church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Father Bernard Felchykhovskyy.

 

“From a biological side, the results of the genetic investigation are correct, but defining nations by it can lead to mistakes because a nation is born in the course of linguistic, cultural and political processes.”

 

<Pope Francis delivers his annual Christas Eve message to a packed St. Peter's basiica in Vatican City

 

The funds were raised in large part as the result of Pope Francis’ decision to take up an April 24 collection in all the Catholic parishes of Europe to promote humanitarian support for all those suffering or displaced due to the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

 

“A huge step is the fact that different churches meet and start communicating. This is a basic element of all of Christianity as such. If God asks us to love our enemies, he asks for more love between us. I would say that now in Ukraine, this process is only in its infancy, but we are already leaving the kindergarten.”

 

He earned the title “Green Patriarch” as a religious leader addressing alarming environmental issues over at least two decades. In 2008, Time Magazine named His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew as one of 100 Most Influential People in the World, for “defining environmentalism as spiritual responsibility”.

 

< German Pastor Martin Niemöller

 

Those who defend Putin need to be challenged and asked not only how they can do so given the horrific history he seems all too willing to try to bring back and why they think that things like the beating of David Frenkel are is "an isolated incident" they can dismiss. That is what Pastor Niemöller and so many others thought about another dictator. They were wrong and so too are Putin’s admirers and defenders.

 

< Synod of Bishops of Kyiv-Galician Major Archbishopric of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, December 2016

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