Summary Erik Drost / FlickrRussian priest says, wearing pink or blue shoes, the players might as well wear women's panties or a bra. "The liberal ideology of globalism clearly wants to oppose Christianity with football. I'm sure of it. Therefore I am glad that the Russian players have failed and, by the grace of God, no longer participate in this homosexual abomination," the priest wrote in his online column. The Russian national team exited the tournament before the knockout rounds, having failed to win a single match in the group stages.
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Summary Metropolitan Onufriy, the new leader of Ukraine's wing of the Russian Orthodox Church, serves in KievPechersk Lavra cathedral in Kiev on August 13, 2014. "In these circumstances the unifying role of the Church and its educational and patriotic potential are extremely important," he said in a statement. Orthodox Christians make up the largest denomination in Ukraine but the faithful are split between two main Ukrainian Orthodox Churches -- one loyal to the Moscow Patriarchate and the other to the Kiev Patriarchate.
Summary This medieval Latin word was used in churches for the list of people (usually donors and their family members) for whom prayers needed to be said every day, to facilitate their acceptance to heaven. Somehow chartularium made its way into the Russian Orthodox Church in the corrupted form khaltura - and with a new meaning: the prayer that a priest says at a funeral. In the 1920s, Jewish actors making aliyah to British Mandate Palestine brought khaltura with them. The word began to gain traction among the wider public, beyond acting jargon, in the 1950s.
Summary Russian Orthodox philanthropists are set to finance a wide range of Russian-themed Hollywood films, Izvestia reported Wednesday. The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned. Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week.