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Saturday, 26 November 2016

OFFICIAL Condolences of Patriarch Kirill on the death of Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz

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OFFICIAL

To the Chairman of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, General Raúl Castro Ruz

Your Excellency!

I learned of the death of your older brother, Fidel Castro Ruz, with deep sorrow. I express to you, to the families and relatives of the deceased, as well as all the people of Cuba, my sincere condolences. Comandante Fidel was one of the most famous and prominent public figures of our time, he won international prestige, and he was a legend even during his own lifetime. As the embodiment of the Cuban people, he expended all his strength to attain his country’s genuine independence to ensure that it took its rightful place in the global family of nations. The Russian Orthodox Church will always say Fidel Castro’s name with respect and gratitude. With his personal involvement, we erected a parish church in Havana dedicated to the Wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God “of Kazan” , and Fidel, in his own words, made himself the “building inspector”. I have fond memories of my meetings with Comandante Fidel. The scale and acuteness of his mind always amazed me, as did his ability to speak with knowledge on a variety of topics. Our last conversation took place on 13 February of this year at his home, the day after my meeting with Pope Francisco. In my heart, I’ll always enshrine a good memory of this courageous and charismatic person, a man who was a sincere friend of the Russian Orthodox Church. In these mournful days, may the Lord bestow upon you and the whole family of Comandante Fidel Castro solace and composure to carry on.

With deepest sympathy,

Castro and Metropolitan Kirill Gundyaev+ Kirill

Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias

26 November 2016

Patriarchia.ru

MP official website

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/4697964.html

Editor:

Will Potapov allow this to appear on the ROCOR main website? Or, shall he be a rebellious rightwing pig, as always? We’ll just have to see…

BMD

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Patriarch Kirill Will Consecrate Russian Spiritual and Cultural Centre in Paris

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Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and All Russia Kirill will visit France and Switzerland on 3-7 December. On 4 December, the Patriarch will consecrate the Holy Trinity Cathedral in the Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Centre in Paris, and on 7 December, he will serve at the 80th anniversary celebration of Resurrection parish in Zürich. The Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Centre in Paris opened on 19 October. It is on a 0.42 hectare (1.038 acre) site in the 7e Arrondisement of the French capital, and consists of four buildings… the Cultural Centre on Quai Branly, an educational complex on Rue Université, an administrative building on Rue Rapp, and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Administratively, the Centre is part of the Embassy of Russia in France and has diplomatic immunity. The centre is in the same area as the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Bourbon, the Grand Palais, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAMVP), the Musée du quai Branly, the Hôtel national des Invalides, Musée d’Orsay, the Musée Maillol, and the Musée Rodin. The closest RER d’Île-de-France stop is Pont d’Alma and the closest Métro de Paris stop is Alma-Marceau.

25 November 2016

Interfax-Religion

http://interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=65299

A Plurality of Ukrainian Believers Belong to the UPTs/MP

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A poll conducted by Ukrainian Sociology Service found that 67 percent of Ukrainians call themselves believers. The largest group of believers (39.4 percent) belong to the UPTs/MP. The self-proclaimed (uncanonical) Kiev Patriarchate had 25.3 percent, the Ukrainian Greek Catholics had 21.3 percent, and the uncanonical Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church had 4.6 percent. In addition, the Ukraine has 1.9 percent Muslims, 1.3 percent Pentecostals, 1.2 percent Baptists, 0.6 percent Roman Catholics, and 0.2 percent Jews. Over the past 13 years, the number of religious believers in the Ukraine significantly increased (50 percent in 2003 to 67 percent in 2016).

23 November 2016

Interfax-Religion

Editor:

Both the Uniates and so-called “Kiev Patriarchate” showed gains against the UPTs/MP, but as virtually all of these “gains” came about as the result of armed seizures by nationalist thugs since the American-fomented coup in 2014, the above figures are notional, to say the least. That is, the bulk of believers are still faithful to the canonical UPTs/MP… the Uniates and uncanonical schismatics will have a major deflation after the fall of the present pro-American fascist junta. May that day come soon, to cut short the suffering of the ordinary people (note well that the suffering doesn’t move the “Ukrainian” diaspora, nor does it move their political sugar-daddies such as McCain, Bolton, and Clinton… evil, isn’t it?).

BMD

Vox Pop on the Green Party and Socialism, With an Excursus on James Connelly

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. Socialism is GOOD! 2012

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Editor:

A friend wrote this. I have nothing to add to it. Its read n’ heed from top to bottom.

BMD

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I find the Green Party in the USA muted, a bit afraid to be fully socialist. However, that might just be me. James Connelly said:

Religion and race goes straight out the door when it comes to the struggle. If you advocate expelling one poor worker over another, no Christian are you.

I’ll add that the first Irish Socialists were often Protestant, so keep that in mind as well as Connelly’s influence on labour in Britain as a whole but, hopefully, in the USA as well. I’ll add this additional Connelly quote because it’s a wise one:

The day has passed for patching up the capitalist system; it must go. In the work of abolishing it, the Catholic and the Protestant, the Catholic and the Jew, the Catholic and the Freethinker, the Catholic and the Buddhist, the Catholic and the Mahometan will coöperate together, knowing no rivalry but the rivalry of endeavour toward an end beneficial to all. For, as we have said elsewhere, socialism is neither Protestant nor Catholic, Christian nor Freethinker, Buddhist, Mahometan, nor Jew; it’s only Human. We of the socialist working class realise that as we suffer together we must work together that we may enjoy together. We reject the firebrand of capitalist warfare and offer you the olive leaf of brotherhood and justice to and for all.

Labour, Nationality and Religion, in response to Fr Robert Kane’s lectures denouncing socialism, Catholicism and Socialism

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