» 01/07/2010, 00.00
Orthodox Christmas strengthens alliance between Putin and Patriarch Kirill
Church and state work closer together for a strong and united Russia. The government announces two billion rubles to restore holy places destroyed by Communism. The old Novodevichy Convent is set to be returned to the Church. Kirill blesses the actions by Putin and the government in tackling the economic crisis.
Putin picks his “heir” who will make him prime minister
Russia’s president backs First Deputy Prime Minister Medvedev as presidential candidate. Russian Orthodox Church is happy about the “balanced decision.” Jewish and Muslim religious leaders approve the choice. Putin’s dauphin wants his “venerated master” to take the post of prime minister.
Under the law Russian Orthodoxy to retain “supervisory” role in Catholic orphanages
State Duma bill becomes law without the provision that would have allowed only public orphanages, but it confirms the control of the Russian Orthodox Church over Catholic institutions.
Orthodox celebrate Christmas
The Orthodox Church and other Christian denominations play a crucial role in society, says Putin. Some 11,000 people attended Midnight Mass at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.
Putin celebrates patriarchate’s 90th anniversary with elections in mind
Russian president receives a Russian Orthodox delegation to commemorate the restoration of the Moscow Patriarchate in 1917 after its abolition by Peter the Great. For many observers, this is the latest move in the election campaign for the Duma. Muslims have already voiced their support for Putin’s party, United Russia.
Moscow Patriarchate to “monitor” Catholic orphanages
The decision comes at the end of a meeting by a joint working group on problems between the two Churches. The Patriarchate wants to keep an eye on Orthodox children who live in Catholic institutions. This however has been the rule for years. Once again silence prevails on other, more important issues.
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