November 27, 1989 |
In a dramatic display of national and religious fervor, an estimated 180,000 Ukrainians yesterday marched and held a public Mass to press demands for the legalization of their outlawed church. The demonstration, held peacefully and without police interference, was the most dramatic illustration yet of the issue expected to be at the center of a historic meeting in Rome on Friday between Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II. The Pope already has made it clear that he expects Gorbachev to reinstate the Ukrainian Catholic Church, which was outlawed in 1946 and forcibly put under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church.
August 20, 2000
Sainthood. The Russian Orthodox Church canonized Nicholas II, the last czar, saying he died a martyr when executed by Bolsheviks in 1918. . . Penalized. A defunct Miami jet-repair company, SabreTech, was ordered to pay $11 million for mishandling the cargo of oxygen canisters blamed for causing the 1996 ValuJet crash. . . Men's Waistlines. University of Chicago researchers said there seemed to be a link between the quality of sleep and middle-age spread at the waist and under the chin; decreased sleep means decreased production of growth hormone, they found, which leads to flab.
October 5, 1993 |
The talk was of Russia. In the living rooms of Russian immigrants, the TV was tuned to CNN, the 24- hour cable news station, and fingers were poised on the redial button of phones. So many folks called loved ones in Russia that phone lines were jammed and some calls couldn't go through, said Patty Timsom, a spokeswoman for AT&T. Nationwide yesterday, 24,000 calls an hour were placed to Russia, she said, compared with 11,000 during an average hour. On Sunday, when violence broke out, the number of calls was five times higher than average, she said.
May 3, 1992 |
His code name was "Drozdov. " And over the last 25 years, "Drozdov" surfaced often in KGB reports about high-level agents inside the Russian Orthodox Church. In October 1969, KGB archives show that "Drozdov" went to England for a meeting of the European Conference of Churches, bringing back information "about certain persons of interest to the KGB. " In 1983, a KGB officer reported that "agents 'Drozdov' and 'Rock' did some educational work among the monks at the Pskov-Pechoy monastery.
December 1, 1989 |
When Pope John Paul II and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev meet at the Vatican today, Archbishop Stephen Sulyk will be watching with keen interest. Archbishop Sulyk, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was one of three Ukrainian prelates summoned to Rome by the Pope two weeks ago for a special pre-summit meeting. The meeting was of great significance for Ukrainian Catholics because "we had a say about our church, that things are not done behind our back," Archbishop Sulyk said.
May 22, 1988 |
Under a law being drafted on freedom of conscience in the Soviet Union, a ban on priests visiting people in hospitals is to be lifted, according to a senior official of the Russian Orthodox Church. Currently, priests in the Soviet Union are permitted only to administer extreme unction to a dying person. Aspects of the new law, which was referred to recently as being in the draft stage by Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, were revealed during an interview with Archimandrite Gavriil, abbot of the Pechory Monastery.
March 29, 1988 |
The Russian Orthodox Church has requested government permission to hold ceremonies celebrating the church's 1,000th anniversary in the famed Bolshoi Theater in June, the party newspaper Izvestia said yesterday. Indications are that approval will be granted, marking a rare convergence of church and state in the Soviet Union, where atheism is the accepted norm. As the millennium of Christianity in the Soviet Union approaches, there are other signs that Communist Party officials might be taking a more relaxed attitude toward the church.
January 27, 2000 |
In an overgrown garden shaded with orange and palm trees, a reprise of the Cold War is playing itself out. It is in fact a fight between two rival Russian churches for control of a monastic compound in the West Bank, but the U.S. and Russian Consulates have been dragged into taking sides. The central player in the drama, an Orthodox nun who has barricaded herself in the compound, is the older sister of President Clinton's former aide George Stephanopoulos. At issue is a rivalry that harks back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, when anti-Bolshevik exiles formed their own church, popularly known as the White Russian church.
October 22, 1992 |
Billy Graham was welcomed to Moscow yesterday by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, who also warned him about seeking converts there. "If your desire to help the Russian Orthodox Church is sincere, then you (will) tell the people who have gone through the heaviest spiritual captivity they ought to go back to their spiritual roots," said Patriarch Alexi II. This weekend, Mr. Graham will lead a three-day prayer meeting in Olympic Stadium, the largest such gathering ever in a former communist country.
September 5, 1992 |
The Ozark twang of evangelist Cecil Todd rang out in a dingy, cavernous movie theater. "Are you ready?" the Missouri preacher asked 300 Muscovites, adding the warning, "The trumpet will soon sound!" "Hundreds of thousands of Russians are coming to Jesus to be baptized. Soon, very soon, Jesus is coming, and only those who are his children will go to meet him in the sky! Get ready right now!" Dozens of adults and more than 20 twittering children walked behind the stage, donned turquoise baptismal robes and soon found themselves stepping into a fiberglass bathtub under the floodlights.