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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

RT Presents… Orthodox Christmas Celebrations in Russia and Abroad

00 global orthodox christmas 01. 07.01.15Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias gave the traditional Christmas address to believers at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF on 6 January


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Believers gathered for Christmas Eve services at the Church of the Nativity in Krasnoyarsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District) RF


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Christmas Day in Russia marks the birth of Jesus Christ according to Orthodox Christian Orthodox tradition


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Serbian believers took part in a ceremonial burning of the badnjak (dried oak branches), a Yule log symbol for Orthodox Christmas Eve, in front of a church in Smederevo, some 60 kilometres east of Belgrade, on 6 January 2015


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The vast majority of people in Georgia are Orthodox Christians. Early on 7 January, Georgian Orthodox believers went to Christmas services at Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi


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Songs play an important role in Christmas traditions, and Georgian Christmas carols have a spirit of beauty and dignity


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Christmas is a major holy day in the Orthodox world; in Cairo, Coptic Pope Tawadros blessed the communion bread during Christmas Eve services at St Mark Cathedral, the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate


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The total number of Orthodox Christians around the world is about 300 million… Bosnian Serb Orthodox Hieromonk Andrej Kovacevic prayed on the eve of Orthodox Christmas in Sokolica Church, in Ravna Romanija, on 6 January 2015


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Greek Orthodox clergy waiting for the arrival of the Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem Metropolitan Theophilos before the Eastern Orthodox Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 6 January 2015


7 January 2015




ITAR-TASS Presents… Orthodox Christmas Celebrations Throughout the World

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Christmas celebration after services at the Orthodox parish in Sosnovka (Zhaiyl Raion. Chui Oblast) KYRGYZSTAN, 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the capital city of Bishkek


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President V V Putin attended Christmas Eve services at a parish in Otradnoye (Voronezh Oblast. Central Federal District) RF


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Christmas services at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF


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Chairman of the Government D A Medvedev and his wife S V Medvedeva attended Christmas services at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow


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Bishop Panteleimon Shatov (head of MP Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Services) amongst children during Christmas services in Moscow


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People arrive for Christmas Eve services at St Sava Cathedral in Belgrade (Okruz-City of Belgrade) SERBIA


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Coptic Orthodox Christmas Eve services at the Cave Cathedral of St Sama’ans in the Mokattam Hills overlooking Cairo (Cairo Governorate) EGYPT


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Palestinian Christian Greek Orthodox worshippers celebrate Christmas at St Porphyrios Church in Gaza City (Gaza Governorate) PALESTINE


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Georgian Orthodox believers gather at Trinity Cathedral for Christmas services in Tbilisi (First-Level City of Tbilisi) GEORGIA


Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on 7 January, according to the Julian calendar, which is 13 days behind the Catholic Gregorian calendar. On the night before 7 January, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias led the Christmas service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. President V V Putin attended Christmas services at a village church in southern Russia.

7 January 2015



Wednesday, 9 July 2014

9 July 2014. More Intel on Fester in Georgia

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Got this in from the Cabinet:

A follow-up on (Fr Joe) Fester. It seems that he won’t be leaving until the end of the summer. The reason for his departure appears to be that his wife has an opportunity from her employer (and I don’t know who she works for) to be transferred to Georgia, and he’d “tag along”. Who knows what he’d do there.

Fester was one of Paffso’s retinue in the District. Seems like he’s heading out of Dodge… WAY out of Dodge. What it means, no one knows. However, he’s putting mucho distance between himself and Paffso. Is he running away from a bad situation or is he preparing a bolthole for the Fat One? Only time will tell us…



Tuesday, 8 July 2014

American-Sponsored “Monitoring Groups” Attack Georgian Orthodox Bishop

Mikhail Sabinin. The Glory of Iveria. late 19th century

The Glory of Iveria

Mikhail Sabinin

late 19th century



Civil Georgia is a known Langley front… yet, it’s white propaganda, not black. What it disseminates is true, but it isn’t the whole story. Reflect on this… the neocons LOVE it when American extremists like Franklin Graham and the Mormons support American adventuring abroad and defend the hegemonic drive of the American Establishment… but when an Orthodox cleric speaks up about politics, they smear him and attack his reputation, as we see here. I seem to see bigotry and prejudice here. None dare call it EVIL… do note that Potapov and Paffso support Langley’s efforts…



On Sunday, certain “monitoring groups” alleged that Bishop Jakob, one of the three deputies of Patriarch Ilia Ghudushauri-Shiolashvili, head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, violated the law when he weighed into election campaign with his sermon. On Monday, several election monitoring and human rights watchdog groups called on the Central Election Commission to look into the case. Vladyki Jakob usually delivers the sermon in Holy Trinity Cathedral when the Patriarch is absent. In his sermon at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, Bishop Jakob slammed the UNM opposition party and called on voters to go to the second round of local elections on 12 July to “reject” those who, as he put it, “didn’t repent for what they’ve done to the country” when they were in power. The Georgian election code bars religious organisations from election campaigning. According to the election code, violation of these rules carries a fine of GEL 2,000 (about USD 1,130). The Patriarch’s deputies, according to a constitutional agreement between the Georgian Orthodox Church and the state, represent the Church without requiring any additional authorisation.

Four election monitoring and human rights groups (International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy, Georgian Young Lawyers Association, Transparency International Georgia, and Human Rights Education and Monitoring Centre) said in their joint statement that the law prohibiting religious organisations from election campaigning aims at “protecting the electoral process from the influence of religious figures”. They said that probability of such influence is high in Georgia, taking into consideration the “high public confidence and authority enjoyed by religious organisations. Independence of election process is an important precondition for the development of a democratic and secular state”. These groups called on the Central Election Commission to study and react to this case of Bishop Jakob’s participation in the pre-election campaigning “in violation of election legislation”. The four groups called on religious groups “to refrain from any public action that appears to be pre-election campaigning”.

8 July 2014

Civil Georgia



These “monitoring groups” are American-educated and –influenced cabals of neoliberal pigs intent on destroying the influence of the Holy Church in society. That’s what it is, full stop. Oh, it’s OK for the Southern Baptist Convention and the Mormons to be full-force involved in American politics… they back American warmongering and bless it. However, the Church doesn’t, so, America sics its attack dogs at it at every opportunity, as we see here. The US Government and the American Establishment aren’t our friends… and that’s that.


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