Sunday, March 3, 2024

    “Prayer” in front of Putin’s icon – new mandatory rite in ROC?

    Russia hosted the 30th forum of the World Russian People’s Council, a project of the Russian Orthodox Church, this time dedicated to “the present and future of the Russian world”.

    It began with a prayer in front of a huge image of the president of the aggressor state displayed on the screen. Putin delivered a speech about a “firm patriotic stance,” devoting most of his speech to justifying Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine.

    “Our battle for sovereignty, for justice is without any exaggeration of a national liberation nature, because we defend the safety and well-being of our people, the highest, historical right to be Russia – a strong, independent state, a civilized country. It was our country, the Russian Empire, as has repeatedly happened in history, that blocked the way for those who claim world domination, their exclusivity. We are now fighting for the freedom not only of Russia, but also of the whole world,” Putin said.

    Later, Patriarch Kirill said that he would pray that Putin “continues to work for the good of Russia.”