Permalink Bishop Strickland: The Vatican is more interested in silencing Viganò than addressing his allegations

While Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is excommunicated, the same Vatican tolerates and even supports figures like Theodore McCarrick and others who abuse and challenge Church teaching. | We find ourselves at a strange moment in Church history when Archbishop Viganò is excommunicated swiftly while Theodore McCarrick remains unexcommunicated after years of his crimes against the Church have come to light. We should look closely at a Vatican that operates in this manner. Rather than addressing the serious questions and allegations Archbishop Viganò raises, he is summarily removed from the Church with an apparent motive to silence him. Meanwhile McCarrick and a lengthy list of others have promoted a culture that ignores or wants to change Church teachings and their voices are allowed and even overtly supported. It seems we are left with only stones to cry out for justice because the voices of faithful disciples are mute, ignored, or even silenced.

We must become saints to defend the Latin Mass (Life Site News)(VIDEO)
Vatican says Archbishop Viganò ‘guilty’ of schism and excommunicated (07/06/24)


Permalink Vatican says Archbishop Viganò ‘guilty’ of schism and excommunicated

Pope Francis' Vatican announced it had found former Nuncio to the U.S. Archbishop Viganò 'guilty of the reserved delict of schism' on July 4, and that consequently he is automatically excommunicated. | The Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) announced July 5 that it had declared former U.S Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò to be guilty of “schism” and automatically excommunicated. In a statement issued without warning to the Holy See press corps, the DDF stated that its Congress met on July 4 to decide against Viganò. [...] Under the terms of the latest edition of Canon Law, one who is excommunicated is prohibited from offering the sacraments. On June 20, Viganò revealed that the DDF had, by way of a letter dated June 11, begun an “extrajudicial penal trial” against him, accusing the prelate of “the crime of schism.”

LifeSiteNews launches petition praying for Archbishop Viganò after excommunication (Life Site News)
Archbishop Viganò: I accuse Bergoglio of heresy and schism (Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop / Life Site News)
EXCLUSIVE: Archbishop Viganò confirms he has not and will not attend Vatican ‘schism’ trial (06/27/24 )


Permalink Indonesia: Muslim nations being pressurized to normalize ties with Israel

The Indonesia foreign minister said in statement that there have been efforts from Israel and its allies to persuade countries with Muslim majority to establish diplomatic relations. "There are systematic efforts by Israel and its allies to lobby and pressure Muslim countries into considering normalizing ties with Israel," Retno Marsudi told a conference at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, central Java province. | The Indonesia foreign minister on Monday said Israel and its allies had been trying to get Muslim countries to normalize ties.  "There are systematic efforts by Israel and its allies to lobby and pressure Muslim countries into considering normalizing ties with Israel," Retno Marsudi told a conference at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, central Java province.  Jakarta has no diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv, but Israeli media recently claimed Indonesia was mulling establishing ties to gain entry to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Israel is one of the members of the OECD, and Jakarta has to get its approval if it wants to have its membership bid accepted. The government has denied opening ties with Israel.


Permalink The Extreme Hyper-Ethnocentrism of Jews on Display in Israeli Attitudes Toward the Gaza War

Kevin MacDonald | Israel has hardened, and the signs of it are in plain view. Dehumanizing language and promises of annihilation from military and political leaders.

[...] Pre-Enlightenment Jewish ethics was entirely based on whether actions applied to the ingroup or the outgroup. Non-Jews had no moral worth and could be exploited or even murdered as long as doing so did not threaten the interests of the wider Jewish community.
[...] This weighs heavily on my mind. This Jewish pose of moral superiority is a dangerous delusion, and we must be realistic what the future holds as Whites continue to lose political power in all Western countries. When the gloves come off, there is no limit to what Jews in power may do if their present power throughout the West continues to increase. The ubiquitous multicultural propaganda of ethnic groups living in harmony throughout the West will quickly be transformed into a war of revenge for putative historical grievances that Jews harbor against the West, from the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans to the events of World War II. This same revenge was fatal to many millions of Russians and Ukrainians. It’s the fate of the Palestinians that we are seeing unfold before our eyes.
[...] The existential problem for us is that we have to avoid the fate of the Russians, the Ukrainians, and the Palestinians. Jews in power will do what they can to oppose the interests of non-Jews of whatever society they reside in, whether by promoting nation-destroying immigration and refugee policy or — when they have absolute power — torture, imprisonment, and genocide.
[...] It should be obvious at this point that Western cultures are the the opposite of Middle Eastern cultures where ethnocentrism and collectivism reign. Westerners have far less of the ingroup-outgroup thinking so typical of Jewish culture throughout history.
[...] Individualism has served us poorly indeed and has been a disaster for Western peoples. Nothing short of a strong ingroup consciousness in which Jews are seen as a powerful and very dangerous outgroup will save us now.

Sad To Say, but, by the Numbers, Israeli Society Is Systemically Sociopathic (Ilana Mercer)
The Jewish Plot to Enslave Humanity (Pierre Simon)
On Israeli Genocidal Inclinations and The Jewish Problem (Gilad Atzmon)(08/08/14)
Poll Confirms -Israelis Love To Kill (Gilad Atzmon) (07/30/14)


Permalink The Jewish Plot to Enslave Humanity

Pierre Simon | At the Roots of Political Judaism

[...] It is [the] ideas from the Torah, the Talmud, and the Cabala that animate the Likud party, the Tsahal army, as well as the Jewish media, academics, banks, financiers, corporations, and the tens of thousands of synagogues, Jewish associations, foundations, and think tanks spread out in a spider web fashion all over the world. These ideas are the blueprints or protocols that the Jewish race follows to impose its will on the world and to enslave humanity. As stated by the greatly beloved Sephardic rabbi of Israel, Ovadia Yosef, who passed away in 2013.

[...] Should we be concerned about the hegemonic, revolutionary, even tyrannical, and genocidal character of globalism and its off-shoot Zionism? To watch the “most moral army in the world,” of the “only democracy in the Middle East,” unabashedly torture, rape, and exterminate the Palestinian children, women, and the elderly of Gaza, without a shred of human remorse, in front of the entire planet, and with the consent of the Jewish-controlled Western governments, it’s high time to ask some serious questions.


Permalink 'Israel' reduced 604 mosques to rubble, stole 1,000 bodies from Gaza

The Palestinian Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs in Gaza revealed in a statement that 604 mosques had been fully demolished during the current war, with another 200 partially destroyed. | The Gaza Strip's Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs has revealed that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) completely demolished or damaged hundreds of mosques in the Strip since the deadly onslaught on Gaza began on October 7.  The ministry detailed in a statement that 604 mosques have been reduced to rubble during the current war, with another 200 partially destroyed, in addition to three churches that were completely destroyed.  Moreover, according to the statement, Israeli troops desecrated at least 60 cemeteries during their ground assault on Gaza, using bulldozers to dig up graves, and stole the bodies of over 1,000 Palestinian martyrs. [...] The Ministry of Health in Gaza announced in its daily report today that the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza due to the Israeli genocidal war ongoing since October 7 has now reached 35,386, in addition to 79,366 injured.


Permalink The Jewish War Against Christendom: Poland's capital bans crucifixes from public offices

Warsaw’s new policy is aimed at ensuring the “neutrality” of public offices | Poland’s capital has instructed civil servants not to display crucifixes and other religious symbols at Warsaw City Hall, sparking backlash from conservative groups.  According to the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper, officials will not be permitted to hang crosses or crucifixes on the walls or keep them on their desks. Government employees will still be allowed to wear crosses while at work, however.  The new rules are part of a broader set of regulations aimed at combating various forms of discrimination. Officials have been instructed to use gender-neutral language, address people by their preferred pronouns, and not discriminate against same-sex couples. “Warsaw is the first city in Poland to adopt such a document,” City Hall spokeswoman Monika Beuth said.  Some politicians and religious groups have argued that such regulations are inappropriate in a predominantly Catholic country.


Permalink Ukrainians are God’s chosen people – Zelensky

Amid nationwide persecution of Orthodox Christians, the Ukrainian president claimed that God is his nation’s “ally” | Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has proclaimed that God is an “ally” of Ukraine in the conflict with Russia. Despite his invoking of the Almighty, Zelensky has led a crackdown on the Orthodox Church for the last two years.  As Orthodox Christians celebrated Easter on Sunday, Zelensky released a video address from Kiev’s Saint Sophia Cathedral, in which he accused Russia of “breaking all the commandments.” [...] Zelensky’s appeal to Christians came as Ukraine’s parliament examines legislation that would close down the country’s largest Christian church, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC). While the law has sat in parliament for months, Zelensky’s government has moved to restrict the Church’s activity since the conflict began in 2022.

Moscow ridicules Zelensky’s claim about God and Ukraine (RT.com)
Multiple dead in Ukrainian drone raid on Belgorod Region (RT.com)


Permalink Witch hunt against Muslims in UK Civil Service continues

The witch hunt takes place against a background of historical structural disadvantage facing Muslims in the Civil Service. | The British government's assault on all things Muslim carries on apace. No sooner had the toxic minister Michael Gove smeared five specific Muslim groups as potentially extremist than he widened the attack by turning on Muslims working in the civil service.  Echoing the shift in policy from individual extremism to targeting Muslim institutions, the Civil Service Muslim Network was in the crosshairs.  The Times reported that meetings held under the auspices of the network 'featured numerous antisemitic tropes.' The only alleged trope the Times was able to identify was “one official involved in the webinars allegedly told staff that the ‘Israel lobby’ had an ‘insidious influence’ on British politics, widely regarded as a common antisemitic trope.”  The Times also reported that the official also shared anecdotes from a lecture given by Lowkey, a controversial anti-Zionist rapper, claiming Western media were covering up US and UK involvement in the war against Hamas… The same official claimed mainstream media were “biased” and “full of lies” None of this is anti-Semitic or even inaccurate.

Renowned British-Palestinian surgeon denied entry into France (Al Mayadeen)


Permalink Iranians, Muslims in other countries celebrate Eid al-Fitr at end of Ramadan

Muslims in Iran and many other countries are celebrating Eid al-Fitr at the conclusion of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, after the new moon of the lunar month of Shawwal was sighted the previous night. | Naqareh drums were played at the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS), the eighth Shia Imam, in Iran's northeastern city of Mashhad on Wednesday morning, and Muslim worshippers who had fasted for a month took part in Eid prayers there and across the country early in the morning of the occasion of the festive event, which marks the end of Ramadan – the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.  In the capital, Tehran, people gathered at the Imam Khomeini Mosalla (Congregational Prayers Site) to perform Eid al-Fitr prayers. Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei led the prayers.

Palestinians commemorate Eid al-Fitr amid oppression, genocide (Al Mayadeen)


Permalink Ukrainian Woman Dies a Day After Converting to Islam in Uae While Fasting, Thousands Attend Her Funeral - VIDEO

Thousands of people came together in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to say goodbye to a Ukrainian woman who recently converted to Islam. Tragically, Daria Kutsaryenko, 29, died in Dubai the day after she converted to Islam and observed her first Ramadan fast. | Kutsaryenko had been studying Islam for some time before to coming to Dubai in pursuit of work. At a nearby mosque in the emirate, she publicly accepted Islam as her religion, demonstrating her dedication to it. Her tragic death, however, abruptly ended her newfound journey, leaving a society profoundly touched by her tale.  Following the Friday congregational prayers, mourners gathered at the Martyrs Mosque in Dubai for Kutsaryenko's funeral procession, which attracted sizable crowds.  Her sudden passing and the events surrounding her conversion have spurred discussions about tolerance, faith, and the process of learning Islam. An increasing number of people are embracing Islam in the UAE, which is renowned for its openness and variety. In 2021 alone, there were over 3800 new Muslims registered.


Permalink WEF: The Bible Should Be ‘Rewritten’ With AI And Create A ‘New Bible’

Top WEF Advisor Yuval Noah Harari Says The Bible Should Be ‘Rewritten’ With AI And Create A ‘New Bible’ | 💬 “In a few years, there might be religions that are actually correct … just think about a religion whose holy book is written by an AI. That could be a reality in a few years.” Yuval Noah Harari, a top speaker and advisor at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and professor at Hebrew University in Israel, recently spoke at a forum in Portugal where he says that artificial intelligence can and should be used to correct the Bible, and even went as far as to say that a brand “new bible” should be created by AI. During his talk titled “Humanity is not that simple,” published on his YouTube channel, the philosopher told host Pedro Pinto that using AI to replace scriptures will create unified “religions that are actually correct.”


Permalink Let's Talk About The Jews / Who Rewrote the Bible?

How and Why The Translators Have Deceived the Whole World by Deliberately Changing the Truth of the Bible. Find the answers to the questions that every Christian should be asking! "Who Rewrote the Bible?" by Dr. Lorraine Day (Book)


Permalink IOF targeted Gaza churches using coordinates from Congress: Politico

The Catholic Relief Services had sent the coordinates of several sites in Gaza to Senate staffers, in an attempt to prevent Israeli strikes on internationally protected sites in the Strip. | The Israeli military used the locations of a catholic church and a convent in Gaza, which it had obtained from US congressional staff, to later target them with airstrikes and sniper fire, Politico reported citing a series of emails from October.  In an attempt to prevent Israeli strikes on religious sites in Gaza, one of the largest Christian aid organizations there, Catholic Relief Services, passed on the coordinates of several sites in the Strip to Senate staffers, who in turn sent them to Israeli authorities, the report, published on Thursday, highlighted.  According to Politico, the move by the aid organization came in line with attempts to gain a commitment from Israeli authorities not to target at least four buildings in Gaza, including the two that were later struck by the Israeli forces.


Permalink Ukraine issues arrest warrant for Orthodox Christian leader

A spokesman for the Russian church branded the move “lawless” and an “attempt to intimidate parishioners” | Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, has been put on a criminal wanted list by Ukraine’s Interior Ministry. The document identified the Patriarch by his secular name and described him as “an individual hiding from the bodies of pre-trial investigation” and deemed him responsible for violating Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.  The head of Russia's Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, said that a criminal case had been opened following the announcement and that measures will be taken to identify the Ukrainian special service officials who are seeking to prosecute the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.  Patriarch Kirill has repeatedly called on his parishioners to support the participants of Russia’s military operation against Ukraine, who were “sacrificing their lives to protect our Orthodox people in the Donbas.”


Permalink Ukraine ready to ban country's largest Christian church – parliament speaker

Legislation outlawing the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) over alleged links to Russia should apparently be passed in early 2024 | A bill that would ban the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), the largest Christian church in the country, could be passed in early 2024, the speaker of the parliament in Kiev, Ruslan Stefanchuk, has said.  Ukrainian authorities have long accused the UOC of having ties with the Russian Orthodox Church, despite the religious organization condemning Russia’s military operation in Ukraine and announcing its autonomy from Moscow shortly after the escalation of the conflict in February 2022. [...] The legislation, which had been prepared on the order of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, passed its first reading in the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, in October. The bill would allow authorities to ban the UOC if an expert review panel confirms its connections with Russia. It garnered the support of 267 out of 450 MPs.

‘Evil’ threatens Russia – Christian leader (RT.com)


Permalink Video: Armed Israelis Attempt Ethnic Cleansing of Armenian Christians

Israeli 'settlers' invaded the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City, to attempt the ethnic cleansing of the local Christian population. | Heavily armed Israeli “settlers” and police attempted the ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem’s Armenian Quarter yesterday, where Armenian Christians have lived since the 4th Century AD, roughly 1,600 years before the 1948 founding of the modern State of Israel.  On the evening of November 5th, armed Israeli “settlers”, accompanied by armed police officers, invaded the Armenian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, in an attempt to expel Christians from the area, seize their homes, and repopulate the neighborhood with Jews. By definition, the expulsion attempt constitutes ethnic cleansing and is part of a wider Israeli policy to remove Christians and Muslims from land that the Israelis want complete control of.  In what’s been described as both a “siege” and a “standoff”, Armenian Christians met the “settlers” and their accomplices at the walls of the Armenian Quarter and refused to allow them to advance.


Permalink Senior Jesuit priest and close friend of Pope Francis accuses Jesus of being ‘stymied and callous’

Fr. Spadaro SJ has long been known as a close advisor to the Pope, lending further weight to the scandal of his words which have been described as 'blasphemy.' | In a commentary published August 20 in Italy’s secular and left-wing paper il Fatto Quotidiano, Father Antonio Spadaro S.J. provided his personal take on the Gospel of the day for the Novus Ordo Mass calendar, taken from the Gospel of Matthew, 15: 21- 28 Recounting the passage of Christ’s encounter with the Canaanite woman whose daughter was afflicted by a demon, Spadaro accused Christ of being first “indifferent,” and then “stymied and callous.” Archbishop Viganò wrote that Spadaro’s commentary was published in the safe knowledge of the protection of Pope Francis, and that it was “the manifestation, the epiphany, as some ‘theologian’ of Santa Marta would call it, of a counter-church with its false dogmas, mendacious precepts, deceitful preaching, its corrupted and corrupting ministers.”

Spadaro's wicked blasphemy is beyond anything we have heard of in recent times. It is shocking! Jesus was, and still is, Love incarnate. He was s merely testing this Canaanite woman. The point is that healing is made possible by sincere faith. Jesus was the savior of the Canaanites too, not just the Israelites. The mental leap we are to make is to step away from tribalism (which is exclusive) and to accept the universal point of view. Faith is the important thing, not your ethnicity. -Ed.


Permalink Male student refuses to shake a female teachers hand & she isn’t having it!

Then the rector says out loud to the audience: 💬 "Guys, we live in Norway, and we can't have it like this. We can't have it like this. Parents, we live in Norway. You have to work with Norwegian women, otherwise you won't succeed in Norway. You have to deal with this. You parents, you have to deal with it.


Permalink Zelensky On "the Spiritual Independence of Ukraine..."

Maria Zakharova (Мария Захарова)(Russian MFA) | Zelensky: "Held a meeting on the spiritual independence of Ukraine - we continue the corresponding work, and there will be new steps." | How revealing these words are! In fact, this was the true task of the Kiev regime in power - to destroy the spiritual (not only cultural, historical, economic, humanitarian, etc.), it is the spiritual connection between us. To impose values alien to the people of Ukraine under the guise of everything "progressive." As they say, thank you for finally [stating it so clearly]. But Satanism always manifests itself, no matter how much it is hidden under the guise of beneficence. By the fruit, by the fruit. And the fruit of the American plant "Zelensky, Species Indeterminata" is poisonous.

Maria Zakharova (Мария Захарова)(Russian MFA) | The EU has expanded its ban on exports of luxury cars to Russia, as well as all electric and hybrid cars, including used ones. I wonder how this fits in with their own message of "strategic defeat of Russia and containment of China"? Other than the inevitable growth of the domestic auto industry, including the use of Chinese parts, it can not lead to anything. We liked the experiment with cheese. Now we need a good car industry.

Russian Economy Under Sanctions (Sputnik News)


Permalink Ukrainian church to ban prayers in Russian

Prayers at the Kiev Pechersk Lavra should always be said in Ukrainian, the head of the recently formed church said | Prayers in Kiev’s iconic Pechersk Lavra should be said in Ukrainian from now on, the head of the recently formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) said on Sunday. The historic monastery was occupied by monks belonging to the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Ukraine (UOC) until recently.  The monastery recently found itself at the center of a standoff between the UOC and the Ukrainian government. The Kiev-backed church now plans to hold prayers at the Lavra during the Orthodox Easter holidays, which are due to be celebrated next week.  The head of the OCU, Metropolitan Epiphany, told the Ukrainian media that he would hold prayers in the monastery on Orthodox Easter next Sunday. Kiev registered the Lavra as an OCU monastery as long ago as December 2, 2022, on the day that President Vladimir Zelensky banned all religious organizations “affiliated” with Russia from operating in Ukraine.

This iconic Kiev monastery survived the Mongols, the Nazis, and the Bolsheviks – can it withstand Zelensky?
Kiev-Pechersk Lavra crisis to be the moment of truth for Ukrainians — official (04/02/23)


Permalink Ukrainian mayor bans largest Christian church

The canonical Orthodox church has “ended” in Lviv, the official proclaimed | Andrey Sadovoy, the mayor of Lviv in western Ukraine, declared on Thursday that the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) in his city was no more. Local authorities have finished the demolition of the Church of St. Vladimir, while the Church of St. George has been turned over to the government-backed Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU). “In two days, we have ended the history of the Moscow Patriarchate in our city,” Sadovoy wrote on his Telegram channel. Of the two remaining properties used by the UOC, one was turned over to the state to serve as a rehab center for wounded soldiers, while the landlady of another “ended her contract with the Moscow Patriarchate” so the “worship ceased.”  Sadovoy used the term “Moscow Patriarchate” to refer to the canonical UOC, which remains in communion with the Russian Orthodox Church. The government in Kiev has accused the UOC of being pro-Russian and a potential threat to the security and spirituality of the country, even though the church had declared independence from Moscow and even condemned the Russian “invasion.” Instead, Kiev favors the OCU, established by the government in 2018 and recognized only by the pro-Western Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Kiev’s Kristallnacht (Declan Hayes)


Permalink Zionists brutally attack worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Marwa Osman | This is what Zionist occupation soldiers were doing last night inside #AlAqsaMosque against people worshipping Allah sw during the holy month of #Ramadan. If you are a Muslim and you see this and your blood doesn't boil, then you are a hypocrite. If you are a non-Muslim free man/woman who advocate for freedom of speech,expression and practicing religion & you see this and your blood does not boil then you are hypocrite. If this were a Church, the NON-PRACTICING Christian western world would have had a nervous breakdown. If this were GOD FORBID a synogogue, WWIII would have started. But it is only a "mosque" and these people getting beaten up are only Palestinians. The only way to make this vile enemy stop is THROUGH WAR.


Permalink Cast alive into the lake of fire, burning with brimstone...

Dmitry Medvedev (Дмитрий Медведев) | Looking at what Zelensky & Co are doing in relation to the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, one realises particularly keenly what rabid bastards and vile scum they are. There is simply no other definition for them.  I am sure they will appear not only before human judgment, but above all before His judgment. And they will receive [punishment] for all they have done. For it is written: "And the beast was seized, and the false prophet with him, who did wonders before him, by which he deceived them that received the mark of the beast and worshipped its image: they were both cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone" (Apocalypse 19:20). (DeepL.com)

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra crisis to be the moment of truth for Ukrainians — official


Permalink Kiev-Pechersk Lavra crisis to be the moment of truth for Ukrainians — official

According to Rodion Miroshnik, the Ukrainian authorities "believe that now is the right time to finalize the process of dehumanization of the Ukrainians, by neglecting the norms of law, morality, and conscience, by turning arms against civilians" | The developments around the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra will be the moment of truth, which will show if the people of Ukraine are ready to stand up for their values, Rodion Miroshnik, former ambassador of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) to Moscow, told TASS on Saturday.

"It would have suited [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky best if the expulsion of Orthodox Christians from churches had gone quietly, without any protests, without showing the entire world that the dictator went far further than many other vile despots. Brandishing a club, he went against the traditional religious denomination, against the 1,000-year history of Eastern Orthodoxy in Rus. Now it is the moment of truth for the Ukrainians: whether they are ready to stand up to defend their values or agree to crawl on their knees," he said. According to Miroshnik, the Ukrainian authorities "believe that now is the right time to finalize the process of dehumanization of the Ukrainians, by neglecting the norms of law, morality, and conscience, by turning arms against civilians." "They have already been deprived of their native language and history, and taking away their faith will turn the people into a herd. And this herd can be raced into any slaughterhouse, Zelensky thinks that if he backs down on the Lavra, it will be perceived as his weakness, so he will resort to any tactics, including dispersals and arrests, as well as jailing, hunting and assassinating leaders," the former ambassador added.

Zakharova: Kiev Desecrates Orthodoxy While West Keeps Silent (Sputnik News)
Ukrainian Court Places Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Vicegerent Under House Arrest For 2 Months (Sputnik News)


Permalink Ukraine: Soldiers Storm Orthodox Monastery, Arrest Priest During Service, Cut Off Access to Sacred Caves, Close Three Orthodox Churches

Your tax dollars at work: The Zelensky Regime continues its war against Orthodox Christian Church in Ukraine. Zelensky cuts off access to the sacred Kiev Caves Lavra National Reserve, additional caves and three other Orthodox churches. According to OrthodoxChristian.com: The Caves are where the relics of hundreds of saints are located. Access to the Churches of the Elevation of the Cross, the Conception of St. Anna, and the Synaxis of All Saints of the Caves has also been suspended, reports the Ukrainian Church’s Information-Education Department. “The abbot and brothers of the Lavra received this news with extreme pain,” commented His Eminence Metropolitan Kliment of Nezhin, head of the Information-Education Department. The Church has already been kicked out of the main churches in the Upper Lavra, and has been informed that it will be entirely evicted from its monastery on March 29.


Permalink Zelensky backs expulsion of Christian monks

Ukraine’s leader believes seizing the historic Kiev Pechersk Lavra will strengthen “spiritual independence” | Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has endorsed the order to expel monks of the canonical Orthodox church from the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, insinuating they were agents of Russia. Moscow has called on all Christian churches, as well as the UN and other international organizations, to respond to the “outrageous” decision.  On Friday, the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture notified the monks they had until March 29 to vacate the monastery, claiming they had violated the 2013 agreement under which the state allowed them to administer the national historic preserve. Founded in 1051, the Pechersk Lavra (‘Monastery of the Caves’) is considered the most prominent Orthodox Christian site in Ukraine.  Kiev has already expelled the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) from two of the cathedrals above the monastery. Within days of that decision, in early January, the government-created Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) was allowed to hold services on the premises.  On Saturday, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church compared the eviction to the expulsion of Orthodox clergy under Communism. Such a move would “lead to a violation of the rights of millions of Ukrainian Orthodox faithful,” said Patriarch Kirill, in a letter sent to the UN, the heads of other Orthodox churches, Pope Francis of Rome, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Coptic Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, and others.

Maria Zakharova (Мария Захарова; Russian MFA)(Mar 15, 2023) | Minister of Culture of Ukraine: Monks of the canonical UOC may remain in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra if they go over to the schismatics. Without any embarrassment, the Kiev regime has voiced a criminal logic: the freedom of religion in Ukraine is being held hostage by the bandits at Bankova. (Trans.: DeepL.com)


Permalink Zelensky deprives Orthodox priests of citizenship

Kiev has targeted the clerics for allegedly supporting Russia | Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has stripped 13 priests within the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) of the country’s citizenship, the Levy Bereg (Left Bank) newspaper reported on Saturday, citing government sources.  The presidential decree targeting the clerics was purportedly signed by Zelensky in late December but has not been published officially, since it contains the personal data of the priests whose citizenship was being revoked.  Later in the day, however, the newspaper circulated a list of the affected individuals. For instance, it includes Ionafan, the metropolitan bishop of the Tulchin diocese in Vinnitsa Region, who was targeted by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) last October.  The domestic security agency accused the cleric of sowing religious discord and supporting Russia, claiming it had seized incriminating materials, including various “printed pro-Russian content and propaganda literature.” The list also includes his subordinate vicar, Bishop Sergey, who allegedly serves as a “caretaker” for Ionafan’s property of dubious origin, the newspaper noted.


Permalink FACTBOX: Orthodox Christian world celebrates Christmas

Until 1917, Christmas had been one of the official holidays in the Russian Empire. It had not been celebrated in Russia until the 1990s | On January 7, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate one of the most important holidays: the Nativity of Jesus. Celebration date: On January 7, Christmas is celebrated by the Russian, Georgian, Jerusalemite, Polish and Serbian Orthodox churches, the Athos monasteries in Greece, as well as the Eastern Catholic Church and the Old Believers. The Roman Catholic, Protestant and ten Orthodox churches (including the Church of Antioch, the Church of Alexandria, the Church of Cyprus, the Bulgarian Church, and others) mark the date earlier, on December 25. The reason is different denominations adhere to different calendars: Julian or Gregorian. Christmas tradition in Russia: The holiday is preceded by a strict 40-day fast, which lasts from November 28 to January 6. On Christmas Eve, the festive liturgy is served in all churches. At the end of the service, a lighted candle, symbolizing the Star of Bethlehem, is brought out and placed in the middle of the church. Christmas kicks off a 12-day season commonly referred to as Christmastide or Yuletide. According to the Orthodox canons, believers should offer prayers glorifying Jesus Christ. In the folk tradition, Christmastide has always been a time of festivities, outdoor games and performances by mummers, fortune-telling, as well as caroling. The Christmas period ends with the feast of the Epiphany on January 19.

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