from ONE

profiles
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine November 2008)
The Orthodox Church of Poland

profiles
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine November 2007)
Old Ritualists

New Reality, Same Artistry
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From CNEWA WORLD March – April 2004)
Artists from a famed Russian village revive their spiritual heritage

Cathedral Heralds Rebirth of a Nation
by Sean Sprague
(From CNEWA WORLD July – August 2003)
Russia’s Christ the Redeemer encapsulates the country’s tumultuous history

Despair in the Russian Village
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1997)
A visit to the village of Vazhini and encounters with some of its despondent residents.

Moscow Churches
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1994)
As the churches of Moscow are restored, Russian nationalism resurges.

This Year, Moscow
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East November 1993)
A trip to Moscow unearths more questions than answers.

Orthodoxy Renewed
text by Victor Sonkin with photographs by Julia Vishnevets
(From ONE magazine March 2010)
Russia’s church wrestles with a changing society

Elizabeth to Elizabeth
by Eileen Reinhard
photographs by Sean Sprague
(From CNEWA WORLD November – December 2002)
Heroism as heritage for a Russian convent.

Saga of a Saint
by Sergei Bassehes
(From CNEWA WORLD September – October 2001)
Did a young monk know that by following his faith he would leave his mark on history?

Sprouts from the Ashes
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East November – December 1999)
New life from old roots – the Russian Orthodox Church overcomes the challenges of post-Communist Russia.

The Resurrection of Solovetsky
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1998)
Founded in the 13th century, the Solovetsky Monastery, a refuge for saints and sinners alike, plays an integral role in Russian history.

A Dormition Awakening
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1998)
In the industrial town of Kondopoga, the Russian Orthodox celebration of the feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary is a big event.

Assyrians in Russia
text by Sergei Mikhailov
translated by Felix Corley
photographs by Elena Bit-Sargis
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1998)
The remnant of a once mighty people struggles to find a place in 20th-century Russia.

European Russia’s Latin Catholics
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1997)
Amidst a new religious freedom in post-Communist Russia, the Latin Catholic Church can minister openly to its faithful – and attract some new members.

Bari’s Borrowed Wonder Worker
text and photographs by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1997)
In the southern Italy city of Bari, an annual celebration commemorates St. Nicholas, the Wonder Worker.

Russia’s Rocky Road to God
text and photographs by Sean Sprague
(From Catholic Near East March – April 1996)
Confused and unsure in their new post-Communist land, Russia’s Orthodox Christians turn to their church for guidance.

A Pilgrimage Through Eastern Europe
text and photographs by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East March 1993)
Excerpts from the editor’s journal, kept while on a January trip to Poland, Ukraine and Russia.

Russia’s Return to Orthodoxy
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East January 1992)
Russians rediscover their Orthodox roots.

Old Russia Transplanted
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East April 1991)
A community of Old Believers in Erie, Pennsylvania, maintains its unique Russian culture.

from News

Catholic, Orthodox Leaders Urge Reconciliation
Catholic News Service (2 July 2012)
WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — Catholic and Orthodox leaders from Poland and Russia will issue a joint statement committing their churches to fostering reconciliation between the two historically feuding countries.

Ukrainian Catholics Oppose Language Law
Catholic News Service (13 July 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Church leaders in Ukraine have signed an open letter calling for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych not to sign a law that would grant Russian, spoken by most people in eastern and southern Ukraine, “regional language” status.

Russian Catholics Surprised by Government Raids
Catholic News Service (12 April 2013)
OXFORD, England (CNS) — Russia’s Catholic Church expressed surprise and concern after a wave of raids on its parishes and charities, part of a government clampdown on organizations with foreign links.

Priest: Ukrainian Catholics Flee Crimea Over Threats of Arrest
Catholic News Service (26 March 2014)
OXFORD, England (CNS) — Members of the Ukrainian Catholic Church are fleeing Crimea to escape threats of arrest and property seizures, a priest told Catholic News Service just four days after Russia finalized the region’s annexation.

Pope Prays for Victims of Downed Plane
Catholic News Service (21 July 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Though exactly what happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 remained unclear, Pope Francis offered prayers for the 298 passengers and crew members who died when it came down in eastern Ukraine.

Aid Official Warns of Growing Humanitarian Crisis in Eastern Ukraine
Catholic News Service (11 August 2014)
WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — The head of Caritas in Ukraine warned of a growing humanitarian crisis in the country’s east, as the Vatican’s nuncio also highlighted the worsening plight of Catholics in the country’s conflict.

Ukrainian Church Leader: West Must Help Stop Russian Interference
Catholic News Service (5 September 2014)
WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — A Ukrainian church leader said Western governments need to use “all available means” to curb Russian military interference.

Ukrainian Bishops Tell West Not to Be Accomplices in “Sin of Murder”
Catholic News Service (11 September 2014)
LVIV, Ukraine (CNS) — Ukraine’s Catholic bishops have warned their country is now “flowing in blood,” and urged Western governments not to become “accomplices in the sin of murder” by failing to support it.

In Eastern Ukraine, Church Has ‘Returned to Catacombs’
Catholic News Service (18 December 2014)
WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — Ukrainian Catholic leaders have warned their church is being driven underground again, a quarter-century after it was re-legalized with the end of communist rule.

Ukrainian Priest Says His Emotional Captivity Was Worse Than Physical
Catholic News Service (14 July 2015)
LVIV, Ukraine (CNS) — Ukrainian Catholic Father Tykhon Kulbaka was headed to the chapel in the room rented by the local Catholic community. En route, he stopped at a grocery store, where four men grabbed him, blindfolded him and made him breathe chloroform.

Syrian Archbishops Support Russian Military Intervention
Catholic News Service (9 October 2015)
MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Two Syrian archbishops expressed approval for Russian airstrikes against rebel groups in their country.

Melkite Archbishop Urges British Not to Support Militants in Syria
Catholic News Service (14 October 2015)
LONDON (CNS) — A Syrian archbishop warned British politicians of the folly of supporting Islamic militants in the war in his country.

from Blog Content

Picture of the Day: A Russian Saint's Influence
Trinity Monastery now functions as the primary theologate of the Russian Orthodox Church. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Picture of the Day: St. Nicholas, the Wonder Worker
Vice President of Communications Michael J.L. La Civita reflects on the importance of St. Nicholas.

Russian Orthodox Church Calls for Election Reform
From Moscow comes word that there is a new voice calling for changes in the Russian electoral system — and it's coming from the pulpit.

Picture of the Day: Religion Raises Its Profile in Russia
Father Kiril Kaleda watches children from his parish prepare for a Christmas pageant in Moscow. (photo: Julia Vishnevets)

Picture of the Day: Bringing Light to Darkness
A girl lights a candle during Christmas night Divine Liturgy at the church of Three Prelates in Moscow. (photo: Julia Vishnevets)

Picture of the Day: Quenched
Visitors find refreshment at a drinking fountain at Saint Sergius Monastery, located in the town of Sergiyev Posad, northeast of Moscow.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch: "We Are Under Attack"
Patriarch Kirill led a call to prayer on Sunday, for the intention of healing national divisions.

Picture of the Day: Picturing Russia
An artist works on a painting of the Kremlin of Rostov Veliky, Russia. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Picture of the Day: "Holy Russia's Soul"
In this photo taken in 1992, a young man attends Divine Liturgy at a Russian Orthodox church in Moscow. (photo: Richard Lord)

Picture of the Day: Artists Thinking Outside the Box
Artist Andrei Arapov chose folklore and imperial authority as themes for this lacquered box.

Grandmothers Sang and Rebuilt Their Church
The Russian village of Buranovo is getting paved roads, a water pipeline and even the internet thanks to the efforts of its thanks to the babushka, or grandmothers.

Picture of the Day: Holding Fast to Faith in a Time of Change
In this photo taken in 1992, a woman prays in a garden in Moscow. (photo: Richard Lord)

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Picture of the Day: First Fruits
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From Russia, a Flying Church and Parachuting Priests
The Russian military unveiled an unlikely new weapon in its arsenal this month -- an army of parachuting priests.

Picture of the Day: Out of Chechnya
A Kisti girl dances a Chechen dance during an exhibition of Chechen-Kisti culture. (photo: Justyna Mielkikiewicz)

Picture of the Day: Con Spirito!
A choir rehearses for Christmas at Moscow’s Church of Three Prelates. (photo: Julia Vishnevets)

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Picture of the Day: Defiance in Ukraine
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Picture of the Day: “Keep Us All in Your Prayers”
Protesters gather around small bonfires lit throughout the main square in Kiev. (photo: Ken Nowakowski)

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Picture of the Day: Muscovite Lights
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Picture of the Day: Russian Renaissance
Alexander and Margarita Mamin prefer to work on icons with their religious themes rather than papier-mâché boxes and plates with secular motifs, which the Soviets had insisted upon. (photo: Sean Sprague)

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Picture of the Day: Standing Guard in Crimea
An icon of Mary and the Christ child is seen as members of the Crimean self-defense unit stand guard outside the local government headquarters in Simferopol, Ukraine, on 2 March. (photo: CNS/David Mdzinarishvili, Reuters)

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The Orthodox Church of Russia

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Put to the sword for their rejection of these reforms, surviving Old Believers fled the reach of tsar and patriarch, settling in the isolated steppes or tundra of the vast Russian empire.

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Picture of the Day: St. Vladimir, ‘Equal of the Apostles’
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A Visit from St. Nicholas in Moscow

The relics of a beloved saint have left Italy for the first time.

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