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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev Visited Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan of Kiev in Hospital

Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan (1935- ) of Kiev and all the Ukraine, the First Hierarch of the UOC/MP


Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the MP Department for External Church Relations, visited Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan of Kiev and all the Ukraine at a Kiev clinic. As reported on the official UOC/MP website, the visit took place on January 25. Metropolitan Hilarion wished Vladyki Vladimir a speedy recovery, he was accompanied by Archbishop Aleksandr Drabinko of Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky and Vishnevsk, Metropolitan Vladimir’s secretary.

In late September, Metropolitan Vladimir went home from hospital, where he was recovering after undergoing surgery on 16 September for a hip fracture. In late October, he was again in hospital. In early December, he left the ICU and went to a rehabilitation ward. At the end of the month, his doctors discharged him from hospital. Currently, Metropolitan Vladimir is undergoing continuing treatment in a Kiev clinic.

26 January 2012




26 January 2012. Video. The Old Fart… “Danger, Will Robinson!”… a Riff on Glenn Beck and Fox News


26 January 2012. “Those Were the Days, My Friend…” The Voice of the Robot Falls Silent Forever… “Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!”



Read this. So, the voice of the robot is no more. No more “Danger, Will Robinson, danger!” or “It does not compute!” YOUCH… does that mean that I’m on the cusp of babahood? Must I wear black and chase the goats, as a good iaia should (“You are going to HELL…”)? Well… no matter what, I’ll be Mother Jones, not Mother Teresa. There’s nothing wrong with Mother Teresa, but I’m not that sort. “I’m not a humanitarian; I’m a hell-raiser”. Although I can bake a mean loaf of bread…


MP will Raise Funds to Aid Greeks Hit Hard by the Economic Crisis

Greek Economic Crisis

Carlos Latuff



Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias announced that an all-MP fund drive would raise funds to help Greeks impoverished by the results of the economic crisis. On Thursday, at a meeting with Antonis Samaras, the leader of the Greek rightwing New Democracy Party, he said, “Presently, we must establish relationships between our Church social services and the Local Church of Greece, so that the MP can take part in the good work of helping the needy in Greece”. His Holiness felt that Russians should “take to heart” the problems of the Greek people, and he commended the activities of the Church of Greece to help those in need. He noted that the traditionally-cordial interaction between the Orthodox Churches in Russia and Greece was “one of the strongest ties that bind our two countries together. Political configurations come and go, they change, but ancient links going back into the depths of the centuries always remain. Orthodoxy’s an important factor in the Russian and Greek national identity”.

Patriarch Kirill pointed up that when the relics of the Belt of the Most Holy Mother of God and of St Dmitri the Great Martyr of Salonika came to Russia, “the Russian people responded to the bringing of the relics with enthusiasm, millions of people, despite frost and cold, stood in queue for long hours to venerate them. No political rally or sporting event attracts as many people as do the relics that come amongst us. Therefore, we have hope for the future”. He also said that he looked forward to an official visit to Russia on the part of Archbishop Ieronymos Liapis, the First Hierarch of the Local Church of Greece, and hoped that this visit will give new impetus to the development of inter-church relations. For his part, Samaras said that Orthodoxy was a foundation “that strengthens people, enabling them to survive difficult situations”.

26 January 2012



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