Voices from Russia

Monday, 4 February 2008

President Putin Visited the Military Cathedral of the Epiphany in Novocherkassk

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On Friday, in the course of a visit to Rostov oblast, President Vladimir Putin visited the Military Cathedral of the Epiphany in Novocherkassk. In the company of First Vice-Premier Dmitri Medvedev and Rostov oblast Governor Vladimir Chub, the president toured the cathedral and admired its icons and decorations. The rector of the cathedral described to President Putin the history of the church since its completion in 1805. He reminded the president that the Novocherkassk military cathedral is the third largest in Russia, after the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow and St Isaac Cathedral in St Petersburg. President Putin remarked, “it even resembles St Isaac’s somewhat, doesn’t it?” The president and Mr Medvedev placed candles before the icon of the Mother of God “of the Don”. The rector of the cathedral presented President Putin with a small icon and an album about the cathedral. Besides visiting the cathedral, President Putin and Mr Medvedev met with local citizens.

4 February 2008

Interfax-Religion

www.interfax.ru

There are Now Many Chapels of Various Religions in Russian Prisons

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There are now 436 chapels (403 Orthodox) operating in Russian prisons according to a press release from the FSIN Rossii (RF prison administration) received by Interfax on Monday. Besides the Orthodox chapels, there are also 23 Islamic mosques, 7 Buddhist chapels, and even 3 Roman Catholic chapels. There are also 741 “prayer rooms” (517 Orthodox, 87 Islamic, seven Buddhist, and one Jewish, an incomplete counting). There are 74 chapels under construction (71 Orthodox and 3 Islamic). In various prisons and labour colonies, there are some 1,100 “religious communities” with over 67,500 prisoners registered as members. In some 51 regional prison administrations, there are 230 Sunday Schools with about 10,500 prisoners enrolled as students.

4 February 2008

Interfax-Religion

www.interfax.ru

Archbishop Vikenty of Yekaterinburg Asks Women to Enhance Their Beauty with Prayer Rather Than Makeup

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A sweet little Orthodox girl from Russia

Archbishop Vikenty Morar of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye believes that women should forgo cosmetics so that their natural beauty can shine forth. “The Lord gives us beauty and we go and disfigure it, for what reason, I don’t know. This is fraudulent and it is a total misunderstanding of what true beauty is. Look howlovely unadorned simplicity is! Look at our sweet little girls. Why do you put makeup on them when they are already as beautiful as angels are? Look at how we spoil the looks of people by using cosmetics!” He said this in answer to questions to an interview on the television channel Soyuz, which was simulcast on the radio station Voskreseniye (Resurrection). Vladyki criticised the use of eye shadow in particular. “That is simply horrid. They make what is beautiful ugly, but, they think they are making themselves more beautiful”.

“Let’s be honest. This mocks the natural beauty that the Lord gives us. But… we want to be more beautiful than God made us”, Vladyki Vikenty said in his regular Thursday broadcast presented by the Information/Publishing Division of the Yekaterinburg Diocese. He stresses that true beauty “comes from the soul, it infuses itself throughout one’s entire being, and it becomes spiritual and luminous”. Vladyki said that this was the beauty “the saints struggled so hard for”. “It necessary for us to desire spiritual beauty and this shall help us to gain physical beauty as well. This is hard work. However… it is also hard work to put on makeup and cosmetics, and, by God, the ladies DO work at it. Our poor women sit before the mirror for a long time to put on all these things in just the right way. In the end, they are covered with makeup in order to appear ‘beautiful’, but, in reality, this is not as good as the natural beauty that a woman has”, Archbishop Vikenty said. He believes that if all the time spent putting on makeup were devoted to prayer and repentance “true beauty would then shine forth from a woman’s face”.

31 January 2008

Interfax-Religion

www.interfax.ru

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