Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Pope Francisco Criticises “Savage Capitalism” On Visit to Food Kitchen

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On Tuesday, Pope Francisco Bergoglio criticised what he called “savage capitalism” on a visit to a food kitchen, in an address in which he called for the revival of the values of generosity and charity, saying, “A savage capitalism has taught the logic of profit at any cost, of giving in order to get, of exploitation without thinking of people… and we see the results in the crisis we are experiencing”. Francisco greeted the men and women coming to the “Gift of Maria” food kitchen, located at the walls of the Vatican. The first non-European pontiff in centuries, the Argentine-born pope last week called for financial reform, condemning a “dictatorship of the economy” and a “cult of money”. Francisco has set a simpler style for the papacy since taking office in March, shunning traditional ornate garments, and living in a guesthouse instead of the Apostolic Palace. He said that he wants the 1.2-billion-member Catholic Church to defend the poor and to be more austere itself.

21 May 2013

Naomi O’Leary



Editor’s Note:

There’s no joy in Mudville… actually, no joy in the District and its suburbs. You see, HH AGREES with Pope Francisco on the topic of capitalism. That is, the leaders of the two largest Christian bodies on the planet see eye-to-eye on the subject of DAS KAPITAL (and its soulless grasping votaries and devotees). They’re both LEFTISTS! They both DISAGREE with Paffhausen, Potapov, Mattingly, and Dreher… indeed, they make it clear that these American gents aren’t only wrong, they’re purveyors of an evil and putrid ideology of greed and godless pride.

As for us Russian Orthodox people, let’s remember Baba and Dede (and how they struggled for what’s right and true and just)… nothing more need be said…


Some Vox Pop from the Cabinet:

“I remember my baba going after Metropolitan Leonty because she was worried her grandchildren would leave the Church if the services were only in Slavonic. The convert scum these days don’t know anything about anything”.

‘Nuff said…



Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Pope Francisco Refuses to Live in Spacious Papal Apartment

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On Tuesday, citing his spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi, the BBC reported that Pope Francisco Bergoglio opted to stay at a modest two-room residence instead of moving to the grand papal apartment on the top floor of the Vatican‘s Apostolic Palace. Pope Francisco decided to stay in the Domus Sanctæ Marthæ hotel-style residence inside Vatican City, where he lived with other cardinals during the conclave that saw him elected earlier this month. The BBC quoted Lombardi as saying, “This morning, he let his fellow cardinals know that he’d keep living with them for a certain period of time”. Lombardi explained the pope’s decision as a desire for “a simple life” and said that Pope Francisco would live there for “a certain period of time”. In refusing to move to the palatial penthouse apartment with more than a dozen rooms, staff quarters, and a large terrace, Pope Francisco broke an over-century-old tradition. On March 13, a conclave of cardinals elected Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires the 266th Pope of Rome, becoming the first Latin American to lead the Catholic Church.

27 March 2013



Tuesday, 12 March 2013

12 March 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. How a Conclave Elects a Pope of Rome

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On 12 March, at the Vatican, the first meeting will begin conclave to elect a new pope will hold its first session. The election will bring together 115 cardinal-electors, whose average age is 72. The colour of the smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel reveals the result of the voting. Learn more about an election of the Pope of Rome in this Infographic.

On the first day of the conclave, after Mass, the cardinals, dressed in red vestments and capes, over white surplices (liturgical overtunic), gather in the Hall of Blessings of the Apostolic Palace. They process with the cross and the gospel to the Sistine Chapel, singing a Litany of the Saints. On arrival in the chapel, the cardinal-electors pray that God sends down to them the gift of the Holy Spirit, singing the hymn Veni Creator, then, take an oath to reveal nothing that occurs in the conclave. The rules allow journalists and official Vatican press aides to be in the Sistine Chapel to cover this event.

Possible successors to Pope Benedict >>

After the oath, the Master of Ceremonies says, “Extra omnes” (“All others, leave”), and those who aren’t conclave participants must leave the Chapel. Only the cardinal-electors may be in the Chapel during the balloting, so, soon after the distribution of ballots, the Master of Ceremonies must leave, too. Then, one of the cardinal-deacons locks the door behind him with a key.

Who will lead the Vatican? >>

The only valid form of voting is by secret ballot. An election is valid if any of the candidates achieves a two-thirds majority. If the number of electors participating in the conclave is not a multiple of three, the election of a new pope requires a two-thirds majority plus one.

12 March 2013




Thursday, 28 February 2013

Papacy Vacant as Benedict Leaves Vatican

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On Thursday, the Fisherman’s Throne in the Vatican was vacant as of 20.00 CET (11.00 PST. 14.00 EST. 19.00 UTC. 23.00 MSK. 06.00 1 March AEST), after Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger left the Apostolic Palace, heading for the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo. Earlier on Thursday, he addressed all the cardinals in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, giving them a blessing and shaking hands. Benedict also bid his followers farewell on Thursday in the last message on his Twitter account, which he later closed, texting, “Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives”.

Benedict, who became the 265th Pope of Rome in 2005 following his predecessor John Paul II Wojtyła’s death, announced his resignation due to old age and failing health on 11 February. The last pope to step down voluntarily was Gregory XII Corraro in 1415. Earlier, Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said that the conclave to elect a successor to Benedict could begin before 15 March if all the cardinals were present in Rome. Under church rules, the conclave should begin between 15 to 20 days after the papacy becomes vacant, to give cardinals time to get to Rome.

28 February 2013



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