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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Site for New Greek Orthodox Church Near WTC Site Blessed by Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis

00 Architectural Rendering. St Nicholas Greek Orthodox. NYC. 31.10.13


On Saturday, hundreds of New York City’s Greek Orthodox Christians attended a blessing for a new church site near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, to replace St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, destroyed in the 9/11 terror attacks. In remarks at the site, Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis, the First Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOAA), recalled his dismay when, on 12 September 2001, he and other clergy visited the spot where St Nicholas church stood since the early 20th Century. The collapse of the Twin Towers crushed the tiny structure, making it the only church destroyed in the attack. Archbishop Demetrios said, “We stood there frozen, paralysed. There was a big hole instead of a church. It left a terrible kind of impression”.

More than 13 years later, work started on a larger 38 million USD (1.55 billion Roubles. 233 million Renminbi. 2.34 billion INR. 42.9 million CAD. 43.5 million AUD. 29.8 million Euros. 23.6 million UK Pounds) domed church designed by famed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava intended to serve both as a new home for the Greek Orthodox parish and as a national non-denominational shrine for Ground Zero visitors. The dome made of glass and white marble will be backlit from within so that it glows at night. Archbishop Demetrios said, “It’ll be a refuge for people in need of spiritual comfort regardless of their specific beliefs, or unbeliefs. Above all, this resurrected St Nicholas church will be a monument declaring the victory of good over evil, of love over hatred”. Those in attendance included Calatrava, US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), former NY State Governor George Pataki, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins, and various other New York and New Jersey politicians. Pataki, who was governor at the time of the attack, said the church was an important addition to the memorials and skyscrapers that rose in recent years at the WTC noting, “We had remembrance, we had commerce, but without St Nicholas, we didn’t have faith”.

Greek immigrants founded the original church in 1916 and began services at its 1,200-square-foot (112 square metres) site on Cedar Street in 1922. After its destruction, a legal dispute between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the GOAA over the original site delayed rebuilding. In 2011, the parties struck a deal in which the church agreed to exchange land on Cedar Street for the rights to another parcel on Liberty Street, just south of the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Calatrava also conceived the Port Authority 4 billion USD (163 billion Roubles. 24.5 billion Renminbi. 246 billion INR. 4.51 billion CAD. 4.57 billion AUD. 3.14 billion Euros. 2.5 billion UK Pounds) WTC transportation hub. The church chose him for the project after he submitted a plan that drew inspiration from two New Roman shrines in Constantinople (now Istanbul)… Hagia Sophia and the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora. Church officials said that donations from around the world funded construction, including 260,000 USD (10.6 billion Roubles. 1.6 million Renminbi. 16 million INR. 293,000 CAD. 297,000 AUD. 204,000 Euros. 162,000 UK Pounds) from the Greek government. They expect the shrine to open within the next two years.

18 October 2014

Tom Hays

Associated Press



Tuesday, 16 September 2014

16 September 2014. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… The Syrian Rebels Aid ISIS… the US Congress Wants to Aid the Rebels… Who’s Fooling Whom?

00 The face of the Syrian opposition. 27.10.13


President Assad sez, “The battle against terrorism starts with pressure on the countries that support and finance terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq and pretend that they want to fight against terrorism” (click here)… ain’t that the truth! Marco Rubio, John McCain, and Ted Cruz support arming Syrian militants… who caused this mess in the first place. I’d remind my readers that President Assad is FOR the Christian people of Syria… the American-backed terrorist rebels are AGAINST them. There’s a reason the Christian people of Syria fight WILLINGLY for Bashar al-Assad… they ain’t dumb, that’s for sure. They know who wants to protect them and who wants to kill them. Reflect on this… the pig Ted Cruz supports the terrorists who want to kill Syrian Christians… that puts a different face on his disgusting performance at the Arab Christian dinner in the District, doesn’t it? That’d mean that no Orthodox Christian should support such a nasty-ass hypocrite, doesn’t it? Just sayin’…


Monday, 15 September 2014

15 September 2014. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky. The Littlest Angels… Forgive Us… We Have Nothing to Say. 2014

00 Vitaly Podvitsky. The Little Angels. 2014

The Littlest Angels… Forgive Us… We Have Nothing to Say

Vitaly Podvitsky



There’s nothing to say…

Вечная память


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

20 August 2014. A Christian Response to Ukrainian Fascist Calumnies

00 the pro-american liberal pigs 1. 29.07.14


Fr Mikhail Shuvar

Fr Mikhail Shuvar… Confessor of Christ’s Church in Galicia, he went to an early grave due to injuries inflicted by an American-paid Uniate mob


00 Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. Talerhof. They all had faces... 2012

May my right hand wither if I forget the Martyrs of Talerhof


00 Rostislav Vasilko. KPU. Communist. 26.02.14

Don’t forget the suffering of R S Vasilko (a member of the Lvov Obkom), tortured by the fascist nationalists… all because he was a communist who loved truth and justice


00 Grave of  St Maksim Sandovich. 09.12

There are NO icons of St Maksim Sandovich in UGKTs parishes… fancy that… that means that they’re NOT “Orthodox in Union with Rome”… it means that they’re a knife of the Curia against us


00 church in slavyansk. 18.07.14

This is Novorossiya… the damage to our churches is the direct result of aggression against Holy Rus and Holy Orthodoxy by the Uniate junta in Kiev (which slashes pensions and wages, and jacks up bread prices and utility rates). The UGKTs slobbers over the junta… one can tell their attitude to the suffering of common folk and to their true intentions towards us, no?


A friend of mine informed me of calumnies circulated against me by Ukrainian fascist nationalists. I replied:

I’d leave it be. Let them spew. Let them lie. It doesn’t affect my readers. I won’t get into the shitpit. That’s how I’ve dealt with it. That’s how I’ll continue to deal with it. After all, most of my readers don’t access this shit. If someone asks, I’ll say, as I always do, “Well, you’ve heard them, you’ve heard me… make up your own mind”. I’ll confide that no one has abandoned me! Thank you for telling me, though. We live in a fallen and evil world, don’t we?

I stand by that. The Galician Uniate nationalists are nasty people and they’re unscrupulous, nasty, and violent. Look at Talerhof. Look at the Galician SS VOLUNTEER Division. Look at S A Bandera. Look at how the UPA massacred the Poles in Volynia (and here). Look at the destruction of Khatyn, wrought by Ukrainian collaborators. Look at the martyrdom of St Maksim Sandovich and of Blessed Gavriil Kostelnik (and here). Look at the beating of Fr Mikhail Shuvar. Look at the torture of R S Vasilko. Look at the murders of Orthodox clergy and burnings of Orthodox churches in Novorossiya, as HH reported in an official letter.

I will NOT be silent. Part of that is a realisation that freedom to speak one’s mind isn’t free… it has costs. One of them is that if you infuriate a group that has an agenda, that has a long-cherished ideology that they refuse to give up, well, you’re going to be their target. They’ll speak lies… they’ll expose and spread every peccadillo that you’ve committed (and we’ve all done so). So be it. If such is the bill, I’ll pay it in full. The truth MUST be spoken, and I WILL speak it. As I always say, oppose them, oppose them with all your might, but DO NOT HATE. If you do, you end like the Galician Uniate fascists… look at them! I need add nothing. You may choose to believe whom you will. Choose wisely…

Don’t forget, they scream,”Knife the Moskali!” That gives you their measure…



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