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Monday, 25 February 2013

A First in Russian History: The Head of State Gave a State Decoration to an Old Ritualist Leader

00 Metropolitan Kornely Titov. RPSTs. Old Ritualist. Russia. 25.02.13

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President Vladimir Putin awarded the Order of Friendship to Metropolitan Kornely Titov of the Russian Orthodox Old Ritualist Church (RPSTs). Vladyki Kornely said at the award ceremony, “I sincerely thank you for this high award, which I had the honour to receive today. This is a historic event. For the first time in 350 years of our history, the Russian head of state presented a state decoration to a leader of the Russian Orthodox Old Ritualist Church”. Damba Ayusheyev, the 24th Pandit Hambo Lama, the head of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia, also received the same award. Metropolitan Vladimir Kotlyarov of St Petersburg and Ladoga received the Order of St Aleksandr Nevsky. Putin awarded the Order of St Yekaterina to Natalia Sarganova, who raised 35 foster children over 30 years. Also amongst those decorated was Mikhail Komissar, the CEO of Interfax, who received the Order “For Services to the Fatherland” (Third Class).

22 February 2013

Interfax-Religion

http://interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=50129

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Russia to Host Paralympic Powerlifting European Champs

00 Paralympics. 10.09.12. Gold Medal

Russia not only hosts Paralympic events, it gives Paralympians such as Aleksei Ashapatov (1973- ) equal top billing with all other athletes… that’s the way it’s ‘sposed to be, kids…

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On Monday, the International Paralympic Committee said that the Russian town of Aleksin would host the 2013 European Open Powerlifting Championships for Disabled Athletes. Aleksin is 150 kilometres south from Moscow; it’ll welcome around 250 athletes from 22 through 28 May for the first major event since London 2012. IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez posted on the IPC official website, “This’ll be the first European Open Championship in this sport in six years, and I hope it’ll be the first of many more IPC Powerlifting regional championships to come in the near future. Our goal is to further develop and enhance the sport by offering more competitions on an international level between Paralympic Games”. Aleksin is a major centre for Russian Paralympians, and a specialised training centre for disabled athletes opened there in August 2012. In London, powerlifters competed in 20 weight categories, with Nigeria coming out top with 12 medals, six of them gold.

25 February 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/sports/20130225/179677587/Russia-to-Stage-Paralympic-Powerlifting-European-Champs.html

Pope Benedict XVI Changes Church Law to Allow Earlier Convocation of a Conclave to Elect a Successor

medvedev and pope

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On Monday, the Vatican said that Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger, whose resignation is due on Thursday, signed a special decree giving the College of Cardinals “the possibility to expedite” a conclave to elect his successor. Benedict said, “I leave the College of Cardinals the possibility to bring forward the start of the conclave once all cardinals are present, or push the beginning of the election back by a few days should there be serious reasons”. Traditionally, a conclave begins between 15 and 20 days after there’s a vacancy in the papacy.

Who will be the next pope? Candidates review (PHOTO)

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On Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI told tens of thousands of pilgrims in St Peter’s Square in a voice breaking with emotion that he was resigning because God had called on him to devote himself to prayer but he said that he wouldn’t abandon the Church. He told the crowd from the window of his residence in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican, “The Lord’s calling me to climb the mountain, to dedicate myself even more to prayer and meditation, but this doesn’t mean abandoning the Church”. Benedict said that he’d serve the church with the same dedication he has until now, but he’d do so in a way “more suitable to my age and my strength”. Benedict, 85, intends to spend his last years in prayer, meditation, and seclusion in a monastery in Vatican City.

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About 200,000 Catholics filled St Peter’s Square in Rome to listen to Pope Benedict XVI for the last time. The pontiff, who’s stepping down on 28 February, addressed them from his balcony with traditional Sunday prayers. Over the last 700 years, Benedict is the second Pope to step down voluntarily with no outside pressure whatsoever. Frequently, many reproached the pope for conservatism, as he carried out no reforms at all to introduce the Catholic Church to the 21st century. Spiteful tongues even said that Benedict’s only contribution to Vatican reforms was changing the ceremony of the Pope’s inauguration to the Holy See.

Russian experts differed in their opinions of Pope Benedict’s pontificate. Professor Aleksei Yudin from the Russian State University for the Humanities told VOR, “It’d be wrong to consider Benedict XVI extremely conservative. There was no extreme conservatism in his pontificate. On the contrary, he was moderately conservative. There’s no denying the fact that the previous epoch of John Paul II’s pontificate was very turbulent, and that Benedict had to observe a balance between the two epochs, whilst continuing his predecessor’s policy. There’s no great gap between those epochs”. Expert Yuri Tabak from the Moscow Human Rights Bureau believed that Benedict XVI was conservative, saying, “We should bear in mind that the Pope’s personality wasn’t charismatic, against the background of his predecessor John Paul II, whom everybody loved. Benedict didn’t have such a striking personality. In addition, his conservatism prevented him from becoming popular in the Catholic world”.

Former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger will turn 86 in April. After 28 February, he’ll retire to a monastery in the Vatican. The date of the cardinals’ conclave to elect the next Pope isn’t yet set. The approximate date is 15 March, to elect a new Pope before Catholic Easter, which falls on 31 March this year.

25 February 2013

Andrei Fedyashin

Aleksei Liakhov

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_02_25/Pope-Benedict-XVI-changes-Church-law-allows-cardinals-to-bring-new-papal-vote-forward/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_02_24/Pope-Benedict-XVI-celebrates-emotional-last-Sunday-prayer/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_02_24/Benedict-XVIs-last-blessings/

25 February 2013. The oca.org Gang Does It Again… They Play Favourites

01 This Ship is Sinking

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The oca.org cabal does it again. It had a piece up about a nun dying in South Carolina on 22 February… but didn’t mention that Mother Theodora of Holy Transfiguration Convent died on the same day. I found out Friday night, at the Pannikhida for a friend’s daughter, and I got it up as soon as I heard of it. I’m sure that Iggy passed the word… why wasn’t it posted for all to see? It’s news, after all. Obviously, oca.org is playing favourites here… they publicised one of the konvertsy, but not someone from a real monastery. It does take all kinds, kids… and some sorts are just bone-idle layabouts, and there’s nothing to be done of it… except to fire them (which won’t happen). These people have an obligation to get out the news as quickly as they receive it, as modern technology allows such. The fact that they don’t is a reflection of their (lack of) character. Such people wish to be bowed and scraped to… what utter insanity.

The ship continues to sink, slowly, but steadily…

BMD

 

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