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Vladimir Putin shows his religious devotion at Valaam Monastery

It’s nice to have a President who is a devoted believer, isn’t it?

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On July 11, 2017, the Russian president together with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited Valaam Monastery in Karelia and attended a divine liturgy on the day of commemoration of Saints Sergius and Herman of Valaam.

President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill at the Transfiguration of the Saviour Patriarchal Monastery on Valaam (July, 2017)

The Transfiguration of the Saviour Patriarchal Monastery on Valaam is one the most beloved Russian monasteries. In Russian Orthodoxy, Saints Sergius and German were Greek holy monks who came to the Novgorod along with the first Orthodox missionaries and founded a monastery on Valaam Island in the north of Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe.

Valaam Monastery on Lake Ladoga, Karelia

Today, the monastery has more than 200 inhabitants. Every year, over 100,000 pilgrims and tourists visit this monastery. Including Vladimir Putin!

 

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An American Protestant pastor and news commentator (Rick Wiles of trunews.com ) first made me aware a few years ago that President Vladimir Putin was a devout Orthodox Christian. I decided to research this, and was very impressed by Mr. Putin’s devotion to his faith and the practice of it. May God bless him and deepen his faith with each passing day.

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Yes, and President Putin has initiated (successfully), support and encouragement for the women of Russia to KEEP their babies instead of shucking/sucking them out to be sold off as “parts” to rejuvenate aging oligarchs and flavor soft drinks …
…. and the rest of the world should take note that the birth rate for Russia is today positive….
Russia is NOT wasting away as it was during the Zio-communist regimes.

FACT! – A nation must have PEOPLE… real live flesh and blood human beings to stay healthy, and “importing aliens” is not a remedy.

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I got quite a shock the other night when a Christian Internet talk show host was talking about the Donald Trump Jr. case, and the woman lawyer linked to the attempt to reestablish the ability of American parents to adopt Russian “orphans” (I use quotes here because I know now that all the children being “adopted” in the US are not necessarily orphans–eg. Haitian children that are being trafficked.). I had thought that this was a diplomatic move on Russia’s part because we’d done something to tick off Russian leadership. This woman on the radio raised the fact that it… Read more »

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Mr. Putin is a ‘devout denominational Christian’, who, according to this article, worships a temple made by man, but that does not display true Christianity, where one worships the One True God, through His Son, not images of stone. The Russian Orthodox church is just another branch of the great whore’s religious outreach, and is under the control of the vatican. Note, when Mr. Putin visits the pope, who bows down in obeisance, who kisses who’s ring? This act, performed by ALL politicians who go see the pope, demonstrate who is the boss, and, as much as one had prayed… Read more »

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So, John…. President Putin “kisses the ring”… and to your mind that makes him a vassal? Did it ever occur to you that Vladimir Putin “kisses the rings” of ALL the heads of state around the world as a gesture of respect to that particular leader? So, would you rather have him flip off the Pope, and Merkle, Erdogan and THE Trumpus .. and all the rest of tin horn posturing “leaders” that control politics, massive militaries, and make decisions? You would prefer that he alienate them so that they will take a personal offense to THEIR massive egos, and… Read more »

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Oh, and another thought on the subject of President Putin “worshiping stone images”… what BS~!
The image is a “representation” of thought quasi-incarnate.. the image reminds people that the conviction that God is there, and of the need to recognize that freak shows of deviant satanic types, such as the Kadashians, ARE NOT the kind of energies that should be worshiped.

Oh, and personally I would prefer to see a reminder ‘stone image’ honored than The Wheaties Boy Jenner~!!!!

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It is the symbology of the exercise. Generally leaders of different nations shake hands, which is a display of friendship, also, subtly revealing that one is not carrying a knife in the hand extended. Yes, Mr. Putin is a devout member of the Russian Orthodox church, which is great, it shows he has far more comprehension of the Christian standards on which the Western nations were originally built. The point being made is that all political leaders, that go meet the pope, to my mind, are displaying subservience to that church, and, one suggests, we should never mix politics and… Read more »

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Dear John, The situation with Our Lady of Fatima/Pope Francis’ refusal to honor her request because it illustrates Pope Francis’ lack of belief in his own theology. I credit Mr. Putin for making the effort to make “pilgrimage” (basically a trip undertaken for a religious purpose; Protestants read that “bus trip”) to Rome to see the Pope in an effort to have him actually do something that at least a portion of his people believe in and would welcome. I assume from your emphasis on the stone statues and objection to several things Roman Catholic that you are Protestant. I… Read more »

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While I agree that a national leader darkening the door of a church of any denomination or saying he/she is a Christian doesn’t necessarily make them one in their heart (eg. George W. Bush), I have a tendency to believe Mr. Putin. No less of a Putin-hating source than a New York Times reporter noted that Mr. Putin openly professed his faith in God while stationed with the KGB in East Germany–not something calculated to make him popular with the upper-level management!!! I also know of two separate occasions when he could have extorted bribes from those coming to him–once… Read more »

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It was the religious leaders of Israel that nailed their Messiah to the cross, in collusion with the Sanhedrin, which is a questionable demonstration of meddling betwixt state and church, that it can be highly detrimental to the community. Scripture declares that it will be the Gentiles who fulfill Heb.6:6, as they worship a man, believing they are worshipping God. What does Mary have to do with anything? Yes, she was the vehicle used by God to bring His Son into the world, but nothing more! Check how Jesus called her ‘woman’ not mother. There is no evidence that our… Read more »

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Constantinople: Ukrainian Church leader is now uncanonical

October 12 letter proclaims Metropolitan Onuphry as uncanonical and tries to strong-arm him into acquiescing through bribery and force.

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The pressure in Ukraine kept ratcheting up over the last few days, with a big revelation today that Patriarch Bartholomew now considers Metropolitan Onuphy “uncanonical.” This news was published on 6 December by a hierarch of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (running under the Moscow Patriarchate).

This assessment marks a complete 180-degree turn by the leader of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople, and it further embitters the split that has developed to quite a major row between this church’s leadership and the Moscow Patriarchate.

OrthoChristian reported this today (we have added emphasis):

A letter of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine was published yesterday by a hierarch of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in which the Patriarch informed the Metropolitan that his title and position is, in fact, uncanonical.

This assertion represents a negation of the position held by Pat. Bartholomew himself until April of this year, when the latest stage in the Ukrainian crisis began…

The same letter was independently published by the Greek news agency Romfea today as well.

It is dated October 12, meaning it was written just one day after Constantinople made its historic decision to rehabilitate the Ukrainian schismatics and rescind the 1686 document whereby the Kiev Metropolitanate was transferred to the Russian Orthodox Church, thereby, in Constantinople’s view, taking full control of Ukraine.

In the letter, Pat. Bartholomew informs Met. Onuphry that after the council, currently scheduled for December 15, he will no longer be able to carry his current title of “Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine.”

The Patriarch immediately opens his letter with Constantinople’s newly-developed historical claim about the jurisdictional alignment of Kiev: “You know from history and from indisputable archival documents that the holy Metropolitanate of Kiev has always belonged to the jurisdiction of the Mother Church of Constantinople…”

Constantinople has done an about-face on its position regarding Ukraine in recent months, given that it had previously always recognized the Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate as the sole canonical primate in Ukraine.

…The bulk of the Patriarch’s letter is a rehash of Constantinople’s historical and canonical arguments, which have already been laid out and discussed elsewhere. (See also here and here). Pat. Bartholomew also writes that Constantinople stepped into the Ukrainian ecclesiastical sphere as the Russian Church had not managed to overcome the schisms that have persisted for 30 years.

It should be noted that the schisms began and have persisted precisely as anti-Russian movements and thus the relevant groups refused to accept union with the Russian Church.

Continuing, Pat. Bartholomew informs Met. Onuphry that his position and title are uncanonical:

Addressing you as ‘Your Eminence the Metropolitan of Kiev’ as a form of economia [indulgence/condescension—OC] and mercy, we inform you that after the elections for the primate of the Ukrainian Church by a body that will consist of clergy and laity, you will not be able ecclesiologically and canonically to bear the title of Metropolitan of Kiev, which, in any case, you now bear in violation of the described conditions of the official documents of 1686.

He also entreats Met. Onuphry to “promptly and in a spirit of harmony and unity” participate, with the other hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in the founding council of the new Ukrainian church that Constantinople is planning to create, and in the election of its primate.

The Constantinople head also writes that he “allows” Met. Onuphry to be a candidate for the position of primate.

He further implores Met. Onuphry and the UOC hierarchy to communicate with Philaret Denisenko, the former Metropolitan of Kiev, and Makary Maletich, the heads of the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate” and the schismatic “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church” respectively—both of which have been subsumed into Constantinople—but whose canonical condemnations remain in force for the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The hierarchs of the Serbian and Polish Churches have also officially rejected the rehabilitation of the Ukrainian schismatics.

Pat. Bartholomew concludes expressing his confidence that Met. Onuphry will decide to heal the schism through the creation of a new church in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church under Metropolitan Onuphry’s leadership is recognized as the sole canonical Orthodox jurisdiction in Ukraine by just about every other canonical Orthodox Jurisdiction besides Constantinople. Even NATO member Albania, whose expressed reaction was “both sides are wrong for recent actions” still does not accept the canonicity of the “restored hierarchs.”

In fact, about the only people in this dispute that seem to be in support of the “restored” hierarchs, Filaret and Makary, are President Poroshenko, Patriarch Bartholomew, Filaret and Makary… and NATO.

While this letter was released to the public eye yesterday, the nearly two months that Metropolitan Onuphry has had to comply with it have not been helped in any way by the actions of both the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Ukrainian government.

Priests of the Canonical Church in Ukraine awaiting interrogation by the State authorities

For example, in parallel reports released on December 6th, the government is reportedly accusing canonical priests in Ukraine of treason because they are carrying and distributing a brochure entitled (in English): The Ukrainian Orthodox Church: Relations with the State. The Attitude Towards the Conflict in Donbass and to the Church Schism. Questions and Answers.

In a manner that would do any American liberal proud, these priests are being accused of inciting religious hatred, though really all they are doing is offering an explanation for the situation in Ukraine as it exists.

A further piece also released yesterday notes that the Ukrainian government rehabilitated an old Soviet-style technique of performing “inspections of church artifacts” at the Pochaev Lavra. This move appears to be both intended to intimidate the monastics who are living there now, who are members of the canonical Church, as well as preparation for an expected forcible takeover by the new “united Church” that is under creation. The brotherhood characterized the inspections in this way:

The brotherhood of the Pochaev Lavra previously characterized the state’s actions as communist methods of putting pressure on the monastery and aimed at destroying monasticism.

Commenting on the situation with the Pochaev Lavra, His Eminence Archbishop Clement of Nizhyn and Prilusk, the head of the Ukrainian Church’s Information-Education Department, noted:

This is a formal raiding, because no reserve ever built the Pochaev Lavra, and no Ministry of Culture ever invested a single penny to restoring the Lavra, and the state has done nothing to preserve the Lavra in its modern form. The state destroyed the Lavra, turned it into a psychiatric hospital, a hospital for infectious diseases, and so on—the state has done nothing more. And now it just declares that it all belongs to the state. No one asked the Church, the people that built it. When did the Lavra and the land become state property? They belonged to the Church from time immemorial.

With the massive pressure both geopolitically and ecclesiastically building in Ukraine almost by the day, it is anyone’s guess what will happen next.

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Ukrainian leadership is a party of war, and it will continue as long as they’re in power – Putin

“We care about Ukraine because Ukraine is our neighbor,” Putin said.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has branded the Ukrainian leadership a “party of war” which would continue fueling conflicts while they stay in power, giving the recent Kerch Strait incident as an example.

“When I look at this latest incident in the Black Sea, all what’s happening in Donbass – everything indicates that the current Ukrainian leadership is not interested in resolving this situation at all, especially in a peaceful way,” Putin told reporters during a media conference in the aftermath of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This is a party of war and as long as they stay in power, all such tragedies, all this war will go on.

The Kiev authorities are craving war primarily for two reasons – to rip profits from it, and to blame all their own domestic failures on it and actions of some sort of “aggressors.”

“As they say, for one it’s war, for other – it’s mother. That’s reason number one why the Ukrainian government is not interested in a peaceful resolution of the conflict,” Putin stated.

Second, you can always use war to justify your failures in economy, social policy. You can always blame things on an aggressor.

This approach to statecraft by the Ukrainian authorities deeply concerns Russia’s President. “We care about Ukraine because Ukraine is our neighbor,” Putin said.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have been soaring after the incident in the Kerch Strait. Last weekend three Ukrainian Navy ships tried to break through the strait without seeking the proper permission from Russia. Following a tense stand-off and altercation with Russia’s border guard, the vessels were seized and their crews detained over their violation of the country’s border.

While Kiev branded the incident an act of “aggression” on Moscow’s part, Russia believes the whole Kerch affair to be a deliberate “provocation” which allowed Kiev to declare a so-called “partial” martial law ahead of Ukraine’s presidential election.

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When Putin Met Bin Sally

Another G20 handshake for the history books.

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In the annals of handshake photo-ops, we just may have a new winner (much to the delight of oil bulls who are looking at oil treading $50 and contemplating jumping out of the window).

Nothing but sheer joy, delight and friendship…

…but something is missing…

Meanwhile, earlier…

Zoomed in…

And again.

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